Faces for 2010: Vietnam vet battles Agent Orange
Three years ago, Barbour, a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia purpura, in which a decreased platelet count causes bleeding and bruising. His doctors believe the cause of his condition dates back 40 years to his exposure to the herbicide used to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam. Agent Orange is now being blamed for a number of illnesses including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Anyone who served in Vietnam from January 1962 through May 1975 is presumed to have been exposed, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.