Episode 1030 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be a revisit to one of the most distasteful features of the entire American Vietnam experience. It has been addressed in several previous episodes of this podcast. Its egregiousness demands it be aired again. The use of Agent Orange is the issue featured in this episode. It is dedicated to the memory of John Bury who recently passed away after a long battle with several Agent Orange related cancers.
He worked tirelessly right up to his death in his efforts to obtain equity in VA Agent Orange benefits for his fellow compatriots in the Blue Water Navy that served off the shores of Vietnam. The VA refuses to recognize any relation between the Agent Orange related diseases they are suffering from and their service offshore even though the Australians have demonstrated there is a definite connection between the two. It is the belief of this writer the US is denying responsibility for the Blue Water Navy veterans’ conditions because it would open the government up to more claims of Agent Orange harm from anyone passing through the international water offshore from Vietnam.
The trials and tribulations being faced by the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans pales only slightly in comparison to those being faced by many in Southeast Asia. Jason Von Meding And Hang Thai wrote an article that appeared in the Conversation website that was titled: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed an enduring disaster. It describes the “never ending catastrophe” large areas of Southeast Asia are experiencing as a result of the unbridled use of the notorious defoliant Agent Orange during the American War in Vietnam.
Listen to episode 1030 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast and discover what American use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War fifty years ago is still doing to that country and its people to this day.