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The American Cancer Society states About 3 million Americans served in the armed forces in Vietnam and nearby areas during the 1960s and early 1970s the time of the Vietnam War During that time the military used large amounts of mixtures known as defoliants which are chemicals that cause the leaves to fall off plants One of these defoliants was Agent Orange and some troops were exposed to it Many years later questions remain about the lasting health effects of those exposures including increases in cancer risk For this reason my grandpa was diagnosed with larynx cancer and passed away a few years later after a car accident put the cancer out of remission I wont ever forget him hes still the brightest star in the sky to me My grandpa and my hero He fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars and was wounded in the Korean War My grandpa was the man that possibly everybody wanted to be He became a sergeant major during the wars During the Vietnam War there was a chemical called Agent orange that was made to kill the plants Many of the soldiers could possibly had health problems in the future After the wars he was asked to work for President Johnson and President Nixon He left the White House before the Watergate Scandal but he was part of the communication service for both of the presidents during the time he was there Since he traveled with both of them and the vice presidents he was in many different places as in Paris France Puerto Rico Germany and many cities state side Grandpa always remembered to bring something back for grandma and his three girls One of the memorable ones were the cards from the Apollo space shots for the girls another were the China swans for grandma Grandpa had a stroke leaving him in a wheelchair paralyzed on one side with only one good arm He could
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