Thursday, March 24, 2016

Podcast | Reporters discuss what they've learned talking to veterans affected by Agent Orange

It’s been four decades since the end of the Vietnam War, but the conflict has gotten renewed attention in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, the Institute of Medicine released its final research study into the long-term effects of the toxic herbicide Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans, concluding that we still have no clear understanding of what the health consequences have been.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also recently turned down an effort by Navy veterans – who contend their ships sucked in water contaminated by Agent Orange and used it for cooking and drinking – to get compensation for possible exposure to the chemical.
The VA continues to limit benefits to sailors who can prove that they visited Vietnamese land or that their ships operated in inland rivers, even for just a day.

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