Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Agent Orange and Vietnam: Time to end a 50-year legacy

August marks the 50th anniversary of the first use of herbicides by United States military forces during the war in Vietnam. From 1961 until 1971, more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides were stored, mixed, handled by U.S. troops and sprayed by U.S. airplanes over millions of acres of Vietnamese forest and farmland. The goal of this military operation was to deny cover to the enemy on the ground.

The U.S. government now compensates U.S. Vietnam-era vets for 15 serious health conditions and one birth defect related to exposure to the dioxin that was part of those herbicides.

READ MORE: http://www.eastoregonian.com/opinion/other_views/agent-orange-and-vietnam-time-to-end-a-year-legacy/article_3da129fc-ba6d-11e0-a3bf-001cc4c002e0.html

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