Agent Orange Vietnam

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Research Paper Vietnam and Agent Orange According to Agent Orange Victims International, “Agent Orange, named after the color-coded stripe that was painted around the fifty-five-gallon barrels in which it was stored, is a fifty-fifty combination of two herbicides, 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. It was first developed by the U.S. Army as an instrument of Chemical warfare…Following a warning by the National Academy of Sciences concerning the potential dangers of biological warfare to the United States, the U.S. Army began experimenting with a number of substances to “regulate” or destroy the growth of plant life. By 1959, the first large-scale aerial tests of herbicides for military defoliation were being conducted…These…show more content…
These health threatening side effects range from skin rashes to cancer, and also effect there kin with birth defects. While the majority of Vietnam veterans connected to Agent Orange complained about skin rashes, few complained of cancer because they weren’t aware of having it and neither did professionals. Medical personnel and officials didn’t know enough about the connections in between the two and refused to believe anything else but what they wanted to. Such was the case with Veterans Association employee Maude DeVictor when she started interviewing veterans when they called about previous complaints such as birth defects or miscarriages. DeVictor’s supervisor “demanded she stop gathering statistics (80)”, she refused and instead she contacted her local news station and ultimately made the world aware of the growing epidemic that was directly connected to the spraying of Agent Orange during the Vietnam…show more content…
What will they continue to cover up and deny? Lastly I ask, what will come of the current veteran’s issues, and will they effect me? Works Cited 1. Leary, Warren E. “Agent Orange May Be Tied To Birth Flaw.” New York Times. 15 March 1996, late ed. Sec A: 13. 2. Marquis, Christopher. “Agent Orange And Cancer Are Linked In New Study.” New York Times. 24 Jan 2003, late ed. Sec A: 18. 3. Spake, Amanda. “The Healing Process Is Far From Done.” Photographs by Jeffery Macmillan. U.S. News & World Report. 1 May 2000, p39. 4. Wilborn, Thom. “Agent Orange: Legacy of Disability.” DAV Magazine. Jan-Feb 2005, v47 i1 p17 5. Wilcox, Fred A. Waiting For An Army To Die: The Tragedy Of Agent Orange. New York. Vintage Books

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