The Psychological Effects Of Of The Vietnam War Essay

1236 Words Oct 30th, 2016 5 Pages
When one thinks about the Vietnam War one thing that might come to mind are the psychological effects it had on many soldiers. The most prevalent of those being PTSD, which at the time wasn’t a recognized as a mental disorder. Not to mention it often takes roughly a year for symptoms to set in so it was written off even easier which undoubtedly left many of those suffering discouraged and made to feel alone in their disorder. Psychological disorders aren’t the only problems that arose for hundreds of soldiers after the war.
During the Vietnam War there were various herbicides that were used, but the most common of them being Agent Orange. Agent Orange was one of three herbicides composed of 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid and 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. The usage of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin was eventually discontinued due to its toxicity and later proven ability to cause cancer in living cells and birth defects. Agent Orange was given its name due to the orange stripe on the 55 gallon drum it as well as the other herbicides that were stored in those same type of drums. The designed effect of herbicides was to remove the leaves off of trees so the Vietnamese wouldn’t have a natural advantage. The act of using these herbicides would be labeled as Operation Ranch Hand and overtime the U.S. would increase the amount of herbicides used. Leading to not only defoliating trees, but also to kill off the Vietnamese’s crops in hopes to starve their troops…

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