601 – Agent Orange symposium held in Iowa

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A veteran appears before Agent Orange symposium in Des Moines. Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

The use of Agent Orange in The Vietnam War has left a sad and shameful legacy. In this episode we will take a look at a story from Iowa Public Radio titled: New Generations Fear Agent Orange submitted by Rick Fredericksen. The story is about an Agent Orange symposium which was a fact-finding conference sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America and it was held in Des Moines, Iowa. A number of speakers shared scary stories about lives being ravaged by the effects of diseases and illnesses caused by exposure to Agent Orange. The speakers were not limited to Vietnam Veterans. There were descendants of Vietnam Veterans who spoke of suffering from diseases they believe were passed on from a Vietnam Veteran parent who was exposed.

It would be very easy to be a “Monday Morning Quarterback” and say it was a big mistake to use Agent Orange in The Vietnam War. The decision makers who opted to use the herbicide made a tremendous error in judgment. Even though we were all told it was harmless there were findings available that indicated it contained an element known as tetraclorodibenzodioxin which is carcinogenic. That means its causes cancer to humans and animals. It is the writer’s opinion the decision makers weighed  the benefits of its use against its hazards and decided the benefits outnumbered the perils of its use and decided to go with its use.

22 million gallons of sprayed Agent Orange later we are now stuck with the facts that tens of thousands of Vietnam Veterans have died premature and painful deaths, many are still sick with Agent Orange diseases to this day and many of their down lines suspiciously suffer from diseases on the VA’s list of presumptive diseases caused by exposure.

As a nation we must continue to take care of Vietnam Veterans who suffer from Agent Orange diseases and we must continue research into the effects of Agent Orange on the descendants of Vietnam Veterans.

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Radio deejay Teri Lynn Jorgensen gave emotional testimony about her many physical problems. She was born prematurely after her late father returned from South Vietnam. Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

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More than 50 veterans and their offspring attended two Agent Orange fact-finding sessions. Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

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A separated Siamese twin in Ho Chi Minh City in 1994. Vietnam also suspects Agent Orange caused many generational birth defects. Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio


601 – Agent Orange symposium held in Iowa — 2 Comments

  1. I have lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis diagnosed 3 months ago. On oxygen 24 hours, diabetes from AO.looks like claim for presumptive has not been decided.also work for VBA in Philadelphia. The condition calls for diagnoses calls for lung cancer .are you shitting me.i have been 2 years to live unless i get a lung transplant.

    • Dear Sir, I just found your story on the internet. I have found 8 other cases of IPF and Agent Orange that have also been approved. My husband is appealing his denial now. Is there any way you could supply me with your citation number? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you for your service and welcome home

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