Agent Orange : A Chemical Used By The U.s. During The Vietnam War

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Agent Orange was a chemical used by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was developed in the 1940 's, but the actual usage of the product only began in the 1960 's. Scientists have said that this toxin can cause more than a dozen illnesses, such as cancer, Parkinson 's disease, and many birth defects. Data from spraying missions concludes that almost 13,000 gallons of this chemical were sprayed over just a few fields. The U.S. military still questions the impact that Agent Orange had on the people during the Vietnam War (Grotto, 2009). Agent Orange is a weed killer used by the U.S. during the Vietnam war. It causes the leaves to fall of trees and exposes the enemies hiding places. This chemical was sprayed over many forests and farms in South Vietnam. In 1933 a study revealed that 3 forms of cancer and 2 skin diseases were linked to the exposure of this chemical. Also in 1991 Congress passed a bill providing disability benefits for Vietnam veterans (Bennett, 2007). There is a suspected link between the chemical Agent Orange and birth defects in Vietnam, even many years after the war. Many birth defects are linked with the exposure to this toxin. More than 5 out of every 100 children are born with some type of brith defect. The U.S. government spent $13.7 billion in the year 2009 on payments for disabilities. Although Congress only left $6 million for chemical-related issues in Vietnam. More than 1 million Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange…

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