by Terry Parris Jr. and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh
June 17, 2016
The children of Vietnam vets describe how they believe their fathers’ exposure to Agent Orange during the war has impacted their families and their health.
For the past year, ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot have examined how Agent Orange has impacted the health of Vietnam vets. We’ve written about Blue Water Navy veterans who are currently ineligible for benefits, as well as vets with bladder cancer and their struggle for compensation.
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This is something we worry about all the time. We keep worrying about every time he goes to the VA for tests. In 1993 my husband was entered into the registry because there was spraying when he was in Vietnam and where he was. The doctor said the words, "No adverse health effects yet." In other words, we knew there will be.
There are obvious risks to those who go into combat. Bullets and bombs are always on the minds of soldiers. What is not on their minds is that the government would risk their lives with what they do.
Agent Orange was supposed to save lives by getting rid of places for the enemy to hide. It turned out that was what caused a lot more deaths, not just for those who survived Vietnam, but for their families as well.