Agent Orange was a powerful herbicide used by U. The U. Agent Orange, which contained the deadly chemical dioxin, was the most commonly used herbicide.
Britain was the first to use defoliants as a war tactic in Southeast Asia. That was in the early s in Malaya, then a British colony, before it became the independent Malaysia. British planes sprayed Malayan jungles with chemicals to strip trees bare and deprive communist guerrillas of cover.
Sadly though, as time goes by we are finding that those who made it home oftentimes brought the deadly echoes of war home with them. However, the wall does not document any names of the estimated 2. Vietnam War veterans search for names on the Vietnam War Memorial as thousands of bikers and military veterans take part in the 31st annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom motorcycle parade in Washington DC, on May 27,
The most effective approach to sharply reducing the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam is to focus assistance to health and disabilities services in the provinces which were heavily sprayed with dioxin and on clean-up of dioxin hotspots at former U. We encourage you to explore the following maps using Google Earth. To use this mapping tool, you will need to download a file that will open on your own computer using Google Earth.
Army began spraying millions of gallons of the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange over large swaths of southern Vietnam. Today, however, instead of resentment and isolation from the U. Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of the U.
Instead it is crippled by the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed during combat, stripping leaves off trees to remove enemy cover. Nearly 4. According to the Red Cross of Vietnam, up to one million people are currently disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange,of which are children.
Agent Orange is a herbicide and defoliant chemical, one of the "tactical use" Rainbow Herbicides. It is widely known for its use by the U. In addition to its damaging environmental effects, traces of dioxin mainly TCDDthe most toxic of its type  found in the mixture have caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed.
The most important of those chemical weapons were the incendiary napalm and the defoliant Agent Orange. Napalm is a gel, which in its original form contained naphthenic and palmitic acid plus petroleum as fuel. The modern version, Napalm B, contains plastic polystyrene, hydrocarbon benzene, and gasoline.
The mother of two was working as a patient care technician nearly two decades ago when one day she heard a pop in her back. She was in pain for days and, after several tests, she was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord defect common in children of male Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. The daughter of a combat Vietnam veteran who served in until in areas that were the most heavily sprayed with Agent Orange, Kuhn said most of her life she struggled with neurogenic stomach and bowel issues that were often misdiagnosed. Her father years later would later be diagnosed with several heart conditions and diabetes all related to Agent Orange exposure.