Friday, March 22, 2013

Agent Orange still 'killing' Vietnam War veterans

Sen. Jerry Moran pins the Bronze Star on Patrick “Mike” Ramsey
in a ceremony at the Clay Center American Legion. 
Mar 21, 2013 (Menafn - Clay Center Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Vietnam veteran Patrick "Mike" Ramsey, who flew helicopters, said he is one of the "new victims" of the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial and longest wars in US history, Ramsey said, but yet Vietnam veterans were "chastised and humiliated" when they came home, Ramsey said. "We went to war as our fathers did, we raised our right hand for allegiance and defense of the Constitution," he said.
Ramsey told Lions Club members on Tuesday he is dying of Parkinson's Disease, a disease Veteran Affairs recognizes in veterans as associated with Agent Orange exposure during military service. An Institute of Medicine report released in 2009 found "suggestive but limited" evidence of an elevated risk for Parkinson's and heart disease for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide used by the military during the war.
The US lost about 50,000 troops killed in combat Vietnam from 1961 to 1973, Ramsey said.
"Since that time we've lost 40,000 to 60,000 troops to Agent Orange," he said. "I'm a victim of Agent Orange, I'm dying from it. There's nothing I can do about it."
He said when Agent Orange was used in Vietnam, troops were told "it was perfectly safe."
Ramsey shared a video presentation of images from the Vietnam, with songs about the war.
About Agent Orange
"Agent Orange" is actually code names for two herbicide that were used -- Herbicide Orange (HO) and Agent LNX, among the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its chemical warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.
Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use, according to a 2008 report by The Globe. The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange, according to a 2012 report by CCN.
A 50:50 mixture of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D, it was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical.
The 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange was later discovered to be contaminated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), an extremely toxic dioxin compound.
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  1. The reason why you never trust your government to do the right thing by you because they never will. You are canon fodder and nothing else. And the reason why your government can never trust the chemical corporations who run this corrupt planet.V.

  2. It is up to the Vietnam Nam veteran who served in Vietnam Nam to bring pressure to bear on our elected representatives; an almost impossible task. Monsanto CorporatIon who made the chemicals labeled Agent Orange have lots of money and lobbyists to make their false claims heard and no court has yet to indict them as they settle out of court or buy off the judges. All the poor draftee soldier sprayed with the chemicals can do is appeal to the VA, who congress keeps underfunded. The few who get their gregious claims heard are lucky to get anything before they die, and if they manage it is a paltry $100 or so. Monsanto should be held responsible as should our own government as their is plenty of evidence.

  3. Friend of Sandy Kaplan- Sandy died of Bladder Cancer last year. He was a heliocopter pilot in Viet Nam and transported Agent Orange in his copter and had it spilled on him when loading it. By the way, I went to several hardware and lumber companies recently and guess what THEY STILL SELL 2,4,D right off the shelf !!!!

  4. My husband suffered a major stroke in 2007 which left the whole right side of his body paralyzed, then in January 2011 he died from lung cancer. After a major battle with the VA I was able to establish that both his stroke (from Ischemic heart disease) and his death from lung cancer were linked to his exposure to Agent Orange in 1966-1967, from when he fought in the Vietnam War as an Army Infantryman in 1966-1967. That the Vietnam War keeps on killing our veterans and the people of Vietnam nearly a half-century later is obscene. I wish our government would acknowledge their sacrifice in several ways: build another memorial to them like "the Wall"; completely ban the use of chemical/biological/nuclear weapons; provide major medical assistance and compensation to all Vietnam veterans and their children, plus all Vietnamese victims of A.O. poisoning; force the chemical companies who made a fortune producing and selling A.O. to make all-out effort to clean up the enormous environmental damage done to Vietnam and SE Asia by A.O.; finally, ban future production and selling of dioxin and other carcinogenic compounds and safely dispose and destroy existing stockpiles. Perhaps if steps like these were taken, our veterans' loss of life wouldn't be in vain.