If you are a veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange or other toxins during service, has your health been affected? What risks do your families harbor? Will birth defects affect succeeding generations? 

These and related issues undergo discussion Sunday, May 15, at Port Monmouth's VFW Post 2179 on Veterans Lane.

The New Jersey State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America is asking families that have been affected to share their stories, and urging as-yet unaffected ones to hear them.

The town-hall-type meeting, from 2 until 5 PM, is sponsored by VVA Monmouth Chapters 12 and 721. The group aims to shed light on the difficulties presented by ailments that can be traced to toxin exposure, and how survivors and their families are finding ways to cope.

The group seeks families willing to discuss their experiences. Reach Michael Eckstein of the New Jersey State VVA Council at mre1065@gmail.com; Chapter 12 President Dennis Beauregard at vva12p@verizon.net; or Chapter 721 President Fred Goger at fred_goger@msn.com.

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