April 27, 2015

WWLP NBC 22 Springfield: Vietnam vets affected by deadly herbicide

Several senators demanded that more be done

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Many Vietnam veterans still suffer from the effects of a herbicide used during the Vietnam War.

The herbicide Agent Orange was a powerful mixture of chemicals used by the U.S. military in Vietnam. It was used to eliminate vegetation that could hide enemy troops, but it was later found that Agent Orange caused many U.S. soldiers to contract cancer, and has been linked to birth defects. The U.S. Military used more than 19-million gallons of the herbicide Agent Orange from 1961 to 1972.


Several senators, including Elizabeth Warren, wrote to the Department of Veterans' Affairs demanding that more be done for the affected soldiers.

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