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For those who may not know about the effects of Agent Orange, we present the following. As you may remember, many of our fighting men in Vietnam lost their lives to snipers who would hide in the treetops, making it difficult our side to see them or defend themselves. As our U.S. troops came through, the snipers would open fire on them, killing as many of our brave soldiers as they could.
Agent Orange was a powerful mixture of chemicals used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War to strip trees bare and deprive cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. It was also used to destroy crops that might be used to feed them. The U.S. program of defoliation, codenamed Operation Ranch Hand, sprayed more than 19 million gallons of herbicides over 4.5 million acres of land in Vietnam from 1961 to 1972. Agent Orange, which contained the chemical dioxin, was the most commonly used of the herbicide mixtures, and the most effective. It was later discovered to cause serious health issues including tumors, birth defects, rashes, psychological symptoms, cancer and other afflictions among our returning U.S. servicemen and their families. When we say "families" we mean that the effects carried on through several generations so far. The same holds true for the Vietnamese population as you will see below.
Thank you for serving
War is never nice and there are always casualties. The saving of American lives was always the priority in using Agent Orange and, in fact, it did save lives...many lives. But, if Agent Orange has the ability to kill foliage, what else can it destroy? The answer to that question came later to our U.S. military leaders and to those living in Viet Nam. Many of our American soldiers became ill with a variety of serious conditions and many died early in life after returning home. Likewise, the people of Vietnam experienced maladies much like our own with birth defects, several types of cancer and other problems leading the way.
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It should be said that the United States ordered a stop to the use of the herbicide both here in the U.S. and in Vietnam, but not until enough evidence-based data was submitted by our own veterans. In keeping with good journalistic reporting and to enhance this website, you are encouraged to watch the following 10-minute video from the New York Times. It goes on to show the struggles associated with Agent Orange. We in America extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those who were exposed to this herbicidal warfare and we thank every American veteran who served in the Viet Nam War.