Agent Orange was an poison used in Vietnam during the war and many US Soldiers were exposed and later in life died. Do those who have fallen to Agent Orange, deserve to have their names added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall?
They served. That should be enough to be on that wall, especially if the effects they had were directly related to the action.
Agent Orange was certainly a direct effect to these men who later died. But right now only the POW, MIA and those fallen during battle are on the wall. So the fact that they served and then later died as a result, I would agree! Their names should be added to the fallen. Thanks for your reply.
The criteria appear to be the death had to occur during the war, although under FAQ there is a question =L Q: How do I get a name added to the memorial for a serviceman who died as a result of his service in the Vietnam War?
Answer is a bit ambiguous.
I could definitely see a category of "post-war casualties" to include Agent Orange poisoning. There are other combat holdover conditions that could be included as well. PTSD, alcoholism/addiction, paralysis.
To me, the idea of making the wall more inclusive woud be appealing.
If the government can take 20 or 30 years to give a veteran hero a metal they deserved during their tour of duty then they can put these veterans on the wall.
No. The criteria should and probably do include direct cause and a time frame. Agent Orange deaths at a delay have multiple causes not much different from any injury that was not in itself fatal.
Their names SHOULD be added. Even if time has passed if Agent Orange was in their systems it should be allowed.
Their names SHOULD be added. Even if time has passed if Agent Orange was in their systems, at any time, it should be allowed.
They should be on the wall, every last one of them. In fact, there should be a wall for agent orange vets, alive and dead.
Every soldier that ever fought to defend this nation should be memorialized, honored, respected and remembered.
Anyone that fought in Viet Nam that has subsequently succumbed to wounds received and/or exposure to the weapons of war should be listed on that wall.
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