What You Should Know About Agent Orange and Its Effects on US Veterans

What You Should Know About Agent Orange and Its Effects on US Veterans

Why Agent Orange was used

Agent Orange was used to remove the thick jungle cover used by the North Vietnamese.  The Air Force sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange.  While Agent Orange did remove the jungle cover, it contained dioxin as one of its main components which continues to affect military service members long after the war ended. 

Agent Orange Composition and Effects

The herbicide is composed of equal parts 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), and contaminated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD).  Even just traces of dioxin are extremely harmful, as evidenced by the large population of Vietnam-era veterans suffering from a wide range of debilitating, herbicide-related health conditions.  Now decades later, conditions and diseases presumed to be a result of exposure to herbicides include:

  • Chloracne
  • Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chronic B-cell leukemias
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Prostate and respiratory cancers, along with soft tissue sarcomas

Contact our Office for Help

While Vietnam may be the location most widely known for the use of herbicides, service members elsewhere were affected as they piloted Air Force planes, crewed Naval ships, and were stationed in other locations, such as those of herbicide storage and testing.  If you believe you were exposed to Agent Orange in service, are suffering from one or more of the associated health conditions, and have been denied VA disability benefits, seek help now.  We know that your health is of the utmost priority.  While you focus on taking care of yourself, let us take on the VA and secure you the disability benefits you deserve.  Call for immediate help at 401-331-6300 or contact us online.

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