Campus will host free town hall meeting on Agent Orange

October 14, 2011

Penn State Beaver will host a free town hall meeting about the effects of Agent Orange from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Student Union Building auditorium. The public is invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Rep. Jim Marshall of Pennsylvania's 14th Legislative District, and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)/ Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), Chapter 862.

Well-known speakers on the topic of Agent Orange will give presentations and distribute information about the genetic legacy resulting from exposure to the herbicide. An Open Forum session will be held for Vietnam veterans, their families and friends, and those interested in learning about the effects of Agent Orange.

Featured speakers are:

-- Mokie Pratt Porter is the VVA director of communications, former editor of The VVA Veteran and coordinator of the Faces of Agent Orange Initiative.

-- George Claxton is chair emeritus of the VVA Agent Orange Committee and a longtime advocate for veterans. His work includes an extensive database of studies about the long term impact of Agent Orange.

-- Sandie Wilson is a member of the VVA National Board of Directors and was an operating room nurse in Vietnam. In 1971 she returned home and began studying the effects of Agent Orange when she worked on the pediatric ward of the Fort Campbell Base Hospital in Kentucky.

-- Nancy Switzer, current and founding national president of AVVA, is an outspoken advocate for veterans suffering from effects of Agent Orange and their families. She is also a longtime adviser to the VVA’s legislative and health committees.

-- Pete and Sue Petrosky are the parents of two daughters born with birth defects. Pete served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force in 1967 and 1968.

-- Philip and Bobbie Morris are the parents of a daughter born in 1973. Philip served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force in 1968 and 1969. The couple travels to share the story of their daughter’s journey since birth.

For more information about the event, contact Craig Conforti, constituent outreach specialist for Marshall’s office, 724-847-1352, visit, or contact

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Last Updated October 31, 2011