Friday, July 29, 2011

Agent Orange Korea: 2 veterans urge S. Korean lawmakers to pressure U.S. over Agent Orange

Image compliments Danielle Reyes, co-founder AO Legacy,
Daughter of deceased American Vietnam veteran and AO Victim

In testimony that was critical of the U.S. military and at times emotional, two U.S. veterans asked South Korean lawmakers Monday to pressure their American counterparts to admit the U.S. extensively used Agent Orange here in the 1960s and 1970s.

“I’ve taken this as far as I can take it,” former soldier Steve House said, wiping away tears as he spoke to seven National Assembly members and dozens of reporters in Seoul.

“This wasn’t (done by) the American people, you know,” the Phoenix-area resident and father of two said. “Nobody I know would do something like this intentionally.”

“Agent Orange didn’t stay on the DMZ,” Steward said. “Agent Orange was sprayed through a wide, wide area of South Korea.”

“We were told, ‘It’s totally safe and it won’t hurt you at all,’” he said. “We were told, ‘You can drink it, you can brush your teeth with it, or you can bathe in it. It won’t hurt you. Those were lies.”

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