Birth Defects Found in Vietnam
These facts were taken from an
mounting scientific evidence that birth defects are associated with
dioxin-contaminated herbicide exposure in Vietnam.
Australians served in Vietnam.
Americans, allied troops and Vietnamese are dying today of cancers and
effects of exposure to dioxin, a toxic by-product contaminant of Agent Orange
and the other
rainbow herbicides. There’s growing scientific evidence that the children of
Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange
and other rainbow
herbicides suffer from birth defects, developmental disabilities, cancers and
other serious diseases linked to the parents’ toxic exposures.
Dioxin use in Vietnam is a
tragic case of unintended consequences. From 1962 to 1971, more than 19 million
gallons were sprayed over South Vietnam.
The Vietnam War never ended
for those who were exposed to these herbicides. Intended to deny cover to the
enemy, destroy his food supply,
and clear fire zones of
vegetation, there was no way for friend or foe to avoid exposure to dioxin.
Named after the color of the stripe on 55 gallons drums,
Agents Orange, Blue, Green,
Pink, Purple and White flowed into rivers and streams when it rained. No
one in Vietnam could avoid exposure to it.
If not sprayed on by
friendly aircraft, they were exposed to it when they moved through an area
saturated with it.
Agent Orange was a
combination of two defoliants, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D contaminated by dioxin (TCDD),
a toxic by-product of the chemical production process.
More than 19 million
gallons of herbicides were sprayed in Vietnam from 1962-71.
More than 11.2 million
gallons sprayed after 1965 were dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange.
Agents Purple, Pink,
and Green used before 1965 were even more highly contaminated with dioxin.
Veterans are dying today
from the toxic effects of dioxin exposure.
Veterans who died from
exposure to dioxin in Vietnam should be recognized for giving their lives in
service to our country.
Diseases linked as
presumptive to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides,
Chronic B-cell Leukaemia's,
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2,
Ischemic Heart Disease,
Peripheral Neuropathy, Acute and Subacute,
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda,
Respiratory Cancers and
Soft Tissue Sarcomas.
There is also the also trauma
that comes with living in the same house as a Veteran.
This can effect young people in
Below is an older study but
nothing has changed.
Will this repeat it's self with
the Children of our younger Veterans?