Agent Orange super champion Charles Bailey has been awarded the highest honor given by the government of Vietnam to non-citizens, the Vietnam Order of Friendship medal.
The citation from the President of Vietnam reads: “(presented) to Dr. Charles R. Bailey, an American citizen, Director, Program on Agent Orange/Dioxin, Ford Foundation, who has made many contributions to cooperation in Vietnam’s education, training and humanitarian areas, contributing to strengthening the friendly cooperative relations between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and international organizations.”
Bailey has done more than perhaps any other individual to address the harmful legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Beginning in 1997, Bailey spent more than a decade in Hanoi as director of the Ford Foundation’s Vietnam office. During this time he learned a great deal about this issue and funded scientific research to determine the extent of the problem. In 2007 Bailey helped establish Ford’s Special Initiative on Agent Orange/dioxin, a philanthropic initiative to transform dioxin-contaminated “hotspots” into clean, safe environments and to serve families facing related health issues. In May 2011 Bailey joined the Aspen Institute as director of the Agent Orange in Vietnam Program.