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US lawmaker meets with AO victims

Update: January, 07/2012 - 10:15

HCM CITY — Robert Earl Filner, a member of the US House of Representatives who is in Viet Nam to meet Agent Orange victims, wrapped up a trip to Vung Tau and left HCM City for Da Nang yesterday.

Filner arrived on January 4 for an eight-day trip to meeting with the Viet Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, victims, and their families in HCM City, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, and Quang Ninh.

He will also assess programmes being carried out for victims.

In HCM City on Thursday, Filner met victims at the Peace Village in Tu Du Hospital.

He told Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper that he was moved and impressed to see the doctors caring for the victims, and would raise his voice on behalf of the Vietnamese upon his return.

On his arrival in HCM City, he was welcomed by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, chairman of the Viet Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) and Major General Tran Ngoc Tho, chairman of the HCM City Association for Victims of Agent Orange.

The 69-year-old Democrat, after taking over as the chairman of the House Committee on Veteran Affairs in 2007, has played a major role in drafting a bill to support US veterans who were victims of Agent Orange. — VNS

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