"Agent Orange a killer of men"

"Agent Orange a killer of men"

Agent orange, causes diabetes, cancers, fibamalga, leukemia, arthritis, constant body pain.
Agent orange, causes diabetes, cancers, fibamalga, leukemia, arthritis, constant body pain.

"Agent Orange a killer Of men"

When we had the war in Viet Nam, our soldiers didn't know they would be fighting against more than the Viet Kong soldiers. You would think that our military would be up on the use of certain pesticides and chemicals before using them or maybe they just plainly didn't care, when they sprayed the chemical in the jungle at Viet Nam.

The chemical was later known as agent orange, the destroyer of trees, plants, bushes and now of men. This agent orange chemical has been the cause of many of our soldiers death after the Viet Nam war. Even if our soldiers wasn't killed in the Viet Nam war, the agent orange chemical killed them later, one by one after the war.

My husband is a casualty of that war, that God has blessed to still be standing, even though those chemicals still remain in his body, wrecking havoc on his life. The agent orange chemical has a multitude of side effects, like type 2 diabetes, different types of cancer, leukemia, tumors, arthritis, just a few to mention. I'm sure theirs more ailments to contend with. All of my husbands friends and associates, that got infected with the agent orange chemical died, except my husband.

We're still counting our blessing but you know it's like living with a live time bomb and you don't ever know when it's going to explode. It's really sad and heart breaking, that our soldiers died needlessly, only because the military neglected to research this chemical before using it . So many lives couldn't have been saved. If they had did their do diligence. I think it was their carelessness and uncaring for a catastrophe of this magnitude had to happen to our American soldiers. My husband and I count our blessing each day that he's still among the living.

Benny Faye Douglass

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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you wytchie, for your visit and comment and I'm sorry for your lost. My husband has suffered colon and prostae cancer, but he over came it by the grace of God. Thank you for yourinput. God bless you. creativeone59

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wytchie 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

My father served in the Vietnam conflict, for the NZ Armed Forces. He was often in areas where Agent Orange was being dumped and prolonged exposure to the chemicals caused havoc on his system. After returning to NZ he was part of a University study into the effects AO can have on people. The results have been staggering, ranging from autoimmune problems to birth defects in children of veterans.

My father passed away more than 10 years ago of prostate cancer and I'm still hurt and sorry that he wasn't around when the NZ government finally apologised for exposing our soldiers to those added risks. They still wont recognise healthcare claims relating to AO, though and by those actions are basically disrespecting our surviving veterans and those who have already lost their loved ones.

Thank you for sharing your article, it's refreshing to see that there are other people out there who understand the extent of harm that chemical warfare cause, and haven't been too afraid to speak out about it.

My best wishes go to your husband and yourself, it's a very hard road you're on, but you're in my thoughts.

Thank you for sharing

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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you MrsMoffet for your visit, I can relate to your dilemma,I thank God that my husband is still living, because he told me that all his buddies with the agent orange, from Viet Nam is deceased. he has diabetes brought on by agent orange and he has recovered from prostate and colon cancer. I will you and Mr. Moffet in my prayers. Godspeed, and may he continue to keep you all safe. creativeone59

mrsmoffett 5 years ago

My husband is now being tested for different cancers, and is one point away from being diabetic. He was in Viet Nam, his Dr. at the VA has advised him to file another claim for Agent Orange exposure.

He already has 100% rating for PTSD from the war...Our government stole his life. He had been discharged from the Navy, then was drafted with the "excuse" that he was discharged 2 weeks early.

His son was 6 days old when he left...he came home a different man.

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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

My prayers are with your family. I did 2 tours in Vietnam and so many who served with me have since passed away due to coming in contact with Agent Orange. It is said that the companies that manufactured these herbicides knew of the health risk they posed, but did not disclose that information until years later. Even after the government found out, it was in denial.

Thanks for sharing this, all should be made aware.

paulgc 7 years ago

I too have heard of Agent Orange and if i remember there was a film about something similar called "Jacobs Ladder".

My thoughts are with you.

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Do a search on it and it will give you the info you need to know. Thanks for the comment though. creativeone59

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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

I have heard of this, but was not aware of all the horrible side effects.

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Sweetie for your comments and your feedback. God bless you. creativeone59

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I have lost so many classmates to this horror show. I have one good friend who still has flashbacks. So finally the war-mongering Robert McNamara admits that Viet Nam was a mistake and that it was known all along (of course he had a book to sell).

Knowing that so many men in this culture are expendable in the name of 'war profit' - when my son came of age he was going to be a pacifist or a conscientious objector' and I had all the paper work. There was no way I was going to allow my son to be used and then discarded.

Thanks for this hub. So many Americans still don't know what their representative government has done to them - for the benefit of a few to them - or they are in denial. Sad but true!

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you so much for your support and feedback Hello hello, if you do a search on it,you might be able to pull it up on you computer. We count our blessings and go on, what else can we do. Thank you also for your prayers. creativeone59

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

I have never heard of it. So therefore it must have been kept very quiet what they done to their soldiers. I'd never read in the press anything about it. It is so digusting no words can describe it.

It is the same thing as the atom bomb testing on the Pacific Island and the British gavernment made the soldier stand there. When the men came home they were dying, long term serious illnesses or children were born deformed. Up to now the Ministry of Defence will not admit it.

I am really so sorry for you all and hope and pray God will give you the strength to bear it.

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