Vietnam Veterans voice their struggle to survive Agent Orange
SOUTHERN UTAH – + Video – Agent Orange is one of the toxic herbicides used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. Some 12 million gallons of the supercharged weed killer was sprayed over 66,000 square miles of South Vietnam during the War. It was manufactured by the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical to be used as a defoliant for the jungle. It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped.
While the U.S. Government didn’t know the long term health affects agent orange would have on troops who came in contact with it, the VA and the military have recognized exposures and are now paying disability to those suffering from conditions it may cause. Those include everything from Leukemias, Hodgkin’s Disease, Neuropathy, Ischemic Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke, Parkinsons, and multiple types of cancers.
Many U.S. military veterans are now feeling the affects of Agent Orange and are receiving help, while others have already passed away. We spoke with two Vietnam Veterans suffering from the affects of Agent Orange, who are now living in the Southern Utah Veterans Home.