Agent Orange Day
This year August 10th, 2021, marks the 60th anniversary of the first use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War.
The goal of the U.S. was to use Agent Orange to kill and defoliate vegetation in rural and forested land, depriving the enemy of food, cover and concealment and clearing sensitive areas such as around base perimeters.
Agent Orange was usually sprayed from helicopters or from low-flying C-123 Provider aircraft, fitted with sprayers and 1,000-gallon chemical tanks. Spraying was also done with trucks, boats, and backpack sprayers.
During the Vietnam War, the United States military sprayed over 20,000,000 gallons of Agent Orange. That is almost 364,000 fifty-five gallon barrels.
An estimated 39,000 square miles of agricultural land was ultimately destroyed and more than 20% of South Vietnam's forests were sprayed at least once over the ten-year period.
Before Agent Orange
After Agent Orange
While in Vietnam, the veterans were told not to worry and were persuaded that Agent Orange was harmless.
After returning home, Vietnam veterans began to suspect their ill health or the instances of their wives having miscarriages or children born with birth defects might be related to Agent Orange, which they had been exposed to in Vietnam.
These veterans also started to develop Chronic B-Cell Leukemia, Diabetes Type 2, Hodgkin's Disease, Hormone Disruption, Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myelomas, and other deadly diseases. These illnesses are all presumptive to Agent Orange exposure. There is not a test for Agent Orange or a treatment to prevent these diseases.
More than 320,000 Vietnam veterans have died from illnesses associated with their exposure to Agent Orange. In addition, thousands more servicemen are still suffering and may lose their lives because of Agent Orange caused illnesses. There are 620,000 Vietnam veterans alive today and most of them have been exposed to Agent Orange. We have to save them.
Millions of post Vietnam veterans, those that served in the middle east conflicts were exposed to a wide range of dangerous substances, often unknowingly, during their deployments. From burn pits to radiation to chemically-laced IEDs and other toxins, these exposures have resulted in deaths and illnesses to a large and rapidly increasing number of veterans. We need to save them.
We must bring Agent Orange, the Burn Pits, and other Airborne Hazard exposures used by our military to the forefront. The public and our leaders must be reminded that the Agent Orange and Burn Pit issues still exists and that more research must be done to combat these illnesses before they claim more veteran’s lives. We need to make sure that toxic chemicals will never be used by our military ever again.