Agent Orange or a Nightmare!

You’ll never be Forgotten!

 


August 11, 2016 marks 55 years since the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. One of the detrimental herbicide continues to poison people today in Vietnam.

What is Agent Orange?8662149

Agent Orangе or Herbicide Orange (HO) is one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand,[1] during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. It was a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D.

 

 

Why it is used?Agent-orange-spraying

During the Vietnam War, between 1962 and 1971, the United States military sprayed nearly 20,000,000 U.S. gallons (75,700,000 L) of chemical herbicides and defoliants in Vietnam, eastern Laos, and parts of Cambodia as part of the aerial defoliation program known as Operation Ranch Hand, reaching its peak from 1967 to 1969. This herbicide causes shedding of foliage of trees, thereby revealing the positions of Vietnamese troops and their food bases.

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It was later revealed to cause serious health issues–including tumors, birth defects, rashes, psychological symptoms and cancer–among returning U.S. servicemen and their families as well as among the Vietnamese population. Many U.S. veterans suffer from effects of Agent Orange due to their exposure in Vietnam, as do their children and grandchildren. Studies have shown that veterans have increased rates of cancer, and nerve, digestive, skin, and respiratory disorders, in particular, higher rates of acute/chronic leukemia,Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, throat cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, Ischemic heart disease, soft tissue sarcoma and liver cancer. With the exception of liver cancer, these are the same conditions the U.S. Veterans Administration has determined may be associated with exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin, and are on the list of conditions eligible for compensation and treatment. Military personnel who loaded airplanes and helicopters used in Ranch Hand probably sustained some of the heaviest exposures. Members of the Army Chemical Corps, who stored and mixed herbicides and defoliated the perimeters of military bases, and mechanics who worked on the helicopters and planes, are also thought to have had some of the heaviest exposures. However, this same group of individuals has not shown remarkably higher incidences of the associated diseases, leading to disagreement within certain circles of just how much effect the defoliants actually have on the health of those exposed. Others with potentially heavy exposures included members of U.S. Army Special Forces units who defoliated remote campsites, and members of U.S. Navy river units who cleared base perimeters. Military members who served on Okinawa also claim to have been exposed to the chemical but there is no verifiable evidence to corroborate these claims.

 

We want to ask you some questions:

  • What is your opinion about Agent Orange?
  • Were the funds came to you enough?
  • If you knew the after effects, will you give permission to disperse Agent Orange?

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Agent Orange or a Nightmare!

  1. I’ve just visited Vietnam, learnt about the effects on agent orange. Causing horrific birth defects, to name but one. It is still causing horrific health problems 3,4 and 5 generations down. Their land remains so contaminated it’s unusable. They report it will take 300 years to rid the country of land mines. Disgraceful what we humans are capable of in war. Both sides have to live and learn from this, you would think! But no!

  2. My father was a certified agent orange victim. Gunnery Sargent Warren Lloyd Snell bravely did three tours in Vietnam. He loved America and was very proud to defend. My father was a brave hero

  3. My husband, David Wm. McIntoshwas a Vietnam vet. He was seeing a DR. at the VA in Panama City Fl., on the day he had an appt. ( thurs. Feb. 11, 2013) he was turned away by his DOCTOR, because they were to busy! He died 2 days later, he was one that was around agent orange, the reason he was going was he was having trouble breathing! They never did test, his doctor gave him an inhaler, which did nothing for him, he was suffocating! Now I’m told there is nothing I can do because I didn’t do an autopsy to see what the proble was! I was living in Fla. with no family, we had just moved from Indiana to retire! He died in my arms, I watched him take his last breath! We were married 34 years and I had to call our children and tell them their father was dead. That Dr. Got away with murder by turning my husband away! He was a gentle and wonderful man, I loved him and he was my whole life. He didn’t deserve to die!

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  9. I noticed that colon cancer is listed in the article as one of the diseases that vets suffered because of Agent Orange. I am confused. My husband died from colon cancer and was told that disease was not covered. So is it a disease that the VA considers a problem or not?

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