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We must do everything in our power to make the world recognize that our veterans are still paying a high price for fighting the war in Vietnam Agent Orange is slowly taking the lives of these brave veterans The government has recognized some diseases but the rules to compensation can be complex It was in the 1960s that we were in the process of trying to destroy vegetation and brush in Vietnam in doing so we proceeded to contaminate one of the largest parts of the environment Humankind War Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange and now live their lives with a disease not necessarily curable The question remains did these Veterans know about the hazardous effects and how are they being compensated now Agent Orange was the code name for a herbicide developed for the military primarily for use in tropical climates It destroyed covering vegetation to protect the American and allied troops from ambush The product Agent Orange was named so for the orange band that was used to mark the drums it was stored in Agent Orange was a reddish-brown liquid containing two herbicides 245-T was contaminated in the manufacturing process with a type of dioxin - 2378-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin also known as TCDDVA Fact Sheet The combined product was mixed with kerosene or diesel fuel and dispersed by vehicle hand spraying and aircraft The term Operation Ranch Hand was the military code name for the spraying of herbicides from United States aircraft in Southeast Asia Between 1962 and 1971 Ranch Hand sprayed about 19 million gallons of herbicide 11 million of which was Agent OrangeBuckingham 2 Ranch Hand made attacks more difficult by clearing several hundred yards of vegetation in order to make ambushes more difficult and air attacks easier There was more than 10 of the land area of South Vietnam was sprayed at least once and some were sprayed repeatedlyBoffey 1 After several weeks the herbicides would dissolve into the soil
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