The Legacy Of Agent Orange Essay

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The Legacy of Agent Orange (Final Draft Essay)
Vivid images of children with extra limbs, without eyes, and covered in red irritated skin are the product of Agent Orange and use of tactical herbicides during the Vietnam war. During the height of the Vietnam war the U.S. Military conducted a wide-ranging program of defoliation. Herbicidal weapons were developed to destroy the forest and jungle cover used by the enemy North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong Guerrilla troops. However, after the Vietnam conflict ended American service members and the people of Vietnam began to experience disease, cancer and other detrimental health effects that were caused by the exposure to chemical herbicides. When the developing health concerns were brought to the attention of the U.S. Government, The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) denied all allegations with statements by military officials and spokespersons, claiming that the chemicals would have no harmful effects on U.S. service members or the people of Vietnam.
The United States government 's denial of Agent Orange, prompted veterans to start the sprayed and betrayed movement. The "sprayed and betrayed/Heroes destined to die" movement brought awareness to Agent Orange and the health risks associated with chemical herbicides. After the end of the Vietnam conflict service members began to report issues to the department of veterans affairs which refused to acknowledge their claims because the United States government claimed that the…

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