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Agent Orange and the VA: 2010 Archive

Agent Orange was used in Vietnam to protect U.S. troops.

Agent Orange was a herbicide used in Vietnam to kill unwanted plants and to remove leaves from trees that otherwise provided cover for the enemy. The name, “Agent Orange,” came from the orange stripe on the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored. VA has recognized a number of conditions for “service-connection” based on evidence of an association with Agent Orange (or other herbicides used in Vietnam) for these veterans: chloracne (a skin disorder), porphyria cutanea tarda, acute or subacute peripheral neuropathy (a nerve disorder), type 2 diabetes, and numerous cancers [non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, and respiratory cancers (including cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus)].

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Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Couple fights for veterans assistance

When Robert and Barbara Beckwith bought a three-story house on several acres in 2001, they never imagined it would be nearly impossible for Robert to make his way through the home. But the onset of health problems four or five years ago, caused by his service in Vietnam, now has Robert using a wheelchair. Barbara Beckwith said doctors recently determined some of her husband’s health problems were caused by Agent Orange. “They’ve decided he’s got neuropathy…..”

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