TROOPS SPRAYING AGENT ORANGE ON SHORELINE
*US Authorities Knew of Dangers from Agent Orange
*Air Force Destroys C-123s Fearing Agent Orange Claims
*Almost 50 Years On Agent Orange Ravages Vietnamese
*AGENT ORANGE REDUX
*FROM A RECENT VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA ONLINE NEWSLETTER
Agent Orange Truth
"A GREEN ROAD: THE FORGOTTEN HUMAN GUINEA PIGS-
AGENT ORANGE AND THE A-BOMB"
AGENT ORANGE AND THE A-BOMB"
Not wishing to be cynical, and knowing people who have suffered the affects of AGENT ORANGE we can't help but find it disingenuous and transparent (and not in a good way) that FIFTY YEARS on, authorities are suddenly discovering funds to bankroll treatment and care for those who served in the American War in Vietnam. The children of veterans affected by the exposure to AO are also being addressed. But like everything else today there are limits. The VA cries "backlog". And now, with the horrific casualties returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, government cuts in programs, and a myriad three-ring circus of failures, denials and hand-wringing matters have got worse.
For nearly 50 YEARS former soldiers, marines, sailors, nurses, volunteers, and support personnel and their children- not to mention millions of Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians - have suffered, died, and even taken their own lives after being doused with, drenched- in dioxin or born of an affected parent.
Saying that these human beings were "exposed" to AGENT ORANGE is like saying that the BP/DEEP WATER HORIZON environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico was a SPILL. You spill milk not OIL!
This "exposure" to dioxin is basically a death sentence. The chemical, said to be the most dangerous created by humans, is still found in high concentrations in the waters and soils of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Children are still being born with catastrophic deformities and other birth defects.
Use of Agent Orange by US in Vietnam
Documentary produced by ABC Australia
Had American authorities not launched immediately into a cover-up when these issues began to reveal themselves, and veterans and the populations in Southeast Asia had been taken seriously, the American Veterans Administration would not now be confronted with this backlog.
Advocacy groups have popped up all over. What this has done is magnify the truth about this enormous problem that is certain to overwhelm care facilities and families. Meanwhile, despite the denials and accusations, victims have created for themselves via these groups, an impressive support system. Please check out blogs from these groups on the right side bar. A couple of our favorites are http://agentorangelegacy.blogspot.com/ (an advocacy group for victims' children and families) and http://agentorangezone.blogspot.com/ which is a terrific resource for all things Agent Orange and also follows current exposures to toxins by troops and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.
*And from our friend Sarge Lintecum. A musical tribute to all victims of Agent Orange .