Monday, July 7, 2014

Local vets tell terrible tale of Agent Orange

Intended to remove the forest cover that sheltered the Vietcong guerrillas and to make food growth impossible across the countryside, Agent Orange use created a wealth of serious health-related problems — death, disease, chronic illness, birth defects in offspring, etc. — for those who came in contact with it.

As more and more veterans returning from the Vietnam War began to report psychological symptoms, skin rashes, diabetes, bleeding, cancer and other issues, the federal government eventually recognized Agent Orange exposure as a compensatable war injury. This declaration entitled affected veterans to health care and fiscal compensations.

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