60 years after use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, US still fails to recognize all its victims even among own troops, veteran tells RT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

60 years after use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, US still fails to recognize all its victims even among own troops, veteran tells RT

Decades after the US dropped millions of gallons of the toxic chemical Agent Orange on Vietnam, it still fails to apply “common sense” even to the plight of American veterans exposed to it, the head of an advocacy group told RT.

In August 1961, exactly 60 years ago, the US started its massive herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam war. Tens of thousands of square kilometers of the Vietnamese territory were defoliated with some 20 million gallons of so-called “rainbow herbicides,” which included the infamous Agent Orange.

The operation did not help Washington win the war but ruined millions of lives, not only in Vietnam but in other countries as well, including the US itself. Agent Orange – a defoliant aimed at destroying the Vietnamese forests – turned out to have a highly-toxic by-product, a persistent environmental pollutant from the dioxins group. This dioxin is seen as a major cause of serious health conditions in people exposed to it, including various forms of cancer.

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