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Agent Orange was one of the weed-killing chemicals used by the U.S. in Vietnam. The chemical compounds considered as herbicide agents in Vietnam include 2,4-D; 2,4,5-T and its contaminant TCDD (orDioxin) ; cacodylic acid and picloram. Airplanes, helicopters, trucks and backpack sprayers applied herbicides. Herbicides containing Dioxin were used by the U.S. military to defoliate base camps and other facilities in the U.S. and in other countries as far back as the 1950s.

NEW INFO: Re-examining military records, researchers at the Columbia University School of Public Health determined that about 21 million gallons of the herbicides were sprayed from 1961 to 1971 - 1.84 million gallons, or 10 percent, more than previously believed. SEE MORE :CLICK HERE

 

AGENT ORANGE, A KILLER THEN AND A KILLER NOW!



The following diseases are those officially recognized by VA as related to herbicide exposure. To win benefits, VA law and regulations also require that some of these conditions appear (or ?manifest itself?) within a deadline that began to run the day you left Vietnam. If there is a deadline, it is listed in brackets after the name of the disease. If your condition is not listed below, ask your doctor whether what you have is similar to any of these. There may be room to argue that your condition is the same as one of these.

WARNING: This list may change

-         Diabetes

-         Prostate Cancer

-         Peripheral Neuropathy (acute and sub-acute) (one year)

-         Spina Bifida in children of Vietnam Veterans

-         Chloracne

-         Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) NEW!

-         Non-Hodgkin?s Lymphoma, including any diagnosis of a lymphoma [except Hodgkin?s lymphoma], mycosis fungoides, and old terms such as lymphosarcoma, reticulum cell sarcoma and Sternberg?s sarcoma

-         Porphyria cutanea tarda [one year]

-         Respiratory cancers [30 years], including cancer of the
lung
bronchus
larynx
trachea

-         Multiple myeloma Hodgkin?s disease Soft Tissue Sarcomas, including:

 

-         Adult fibrosarcoma

-         Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans

-         Malignant fibrous histiocytoma

-         Liposarcoma

-         Leiomyosarcoma

-         Epithelioid leiomyosarcoma (malignant leiomyoblastoma)

-         Rhabdomyosarcoma

-         Ectomesenchymoma

-         Angiosarcoma (hemangiosarcoma and lymphangiosarcoma)

-         Proliferating (systemic) angioendo- theliomatosis

-         Malignant glomus tumor

-         Malignant hemangiopericytoma

-         Synovial sarcoma (malignant synovioma)

-         Malignant giant cell tumor of tendon sheath

-         Malignant schwannoma, including malignant schwannoma with rhabdomyoblastic differentiation (malignant Triton tumor), glandular and epithelioid malignant schwannomas Malignant mesenchymoma

-         Malignant granular cell tumor

-         Alveolar soft part sarcoma

-         Epithelioid sarcoma

-         Clear cell sarcoma of tendons and aponeuroses

-         Extraskeletal Ewing?s sarcoma

-         Congenital and infantile fibrosarcoma

-         Malignant ganglioneuroma

-         Under the VA rule, soft tissue sarcoma does not include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi?s sarcoma, or mesothelioma.

 

MORE THAN JUST AGENT ORANGE SPRAYED IN VIETNAM

RAINBOW HERBICIDES



The various chemicals were labeled by color-coded stripes on the barrels, an arsenal of herbicides known by the colors of the rainbow, including Agent Blue (which contained arsenic), Agent White, Agent Purple, and the lethal combination of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, Agent Orange.
On January 13, 1962, three U.S. Air Force C-123s left Tan Son Nhut airfield to begin Operation Hades (later called Operation Ranch Hand), the defoliation of portions of South Vietnam's heavily forested countryside in which Viet Cong guerrillas could easily hide. By September 1962, the spraying program had intensified, despite an early lack of success, as U.S. officials targeted the Ca Mau Peninsula, a scene of heavy communist activity. Ranch Hand aircraft sprayed more than 9,000 acres of mangrove forests there, defoliating approximately 95 percent of the targeted area. That mission was deemed a success and full approval was given for continuation of Operation Ranch Hand as the U.S. stepped up its involvement in Vietnam.

 

RAINBOW HERBICIDES AND THEIR COMPONENTS:



- Agent Orange: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T; used between January 1965 and April 1970.
- Agent Orange II (Super Orange): 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T; used in 1968 and 1969.
- Agent Purple: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T; used between January 1962 and 1964.
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Agent Pink: 2,4,5-T; used between 1962 and 1964.
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Agent Green: 2,4,5-T; used between 1962 and 1964.
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Agent White: Picloram and 2,4-D. MORE info on Agent White
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Agent Blue: contained cacodylic acid (arsenic).
- Dinoxol: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T; used between 1962 and 1964.
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Trinoxol: 2,4,5-T; used between 1962 and 1964.
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Diquat: Used between 1962 and 1964.
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Bromacil: Used between 1962 and 1964.
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Tandex: Used between 1962 and 1964.
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Monuron: Used between 1962 and 1964.
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Diuron: Used between 1962 and 1964.
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Dalapon: Used between 1962 and 1964.

MORE info on AO Chemicals

Dates are insignificant because the Dioxin is still being found in heavy concentration's to this day in Vietnam (1999)!

 

SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD DO:



Educate yourself about issues facing Vietnam veterans and the nation; read some of the many good books that have been published recently.

Join VVA/Vietnam Veterans of America to keep current on developments; if you are not a Vietnam era veteran, membership is open as an ?associate? member.

MORE Agent Orange Info! at this Site.

File a claim for VA disability compensation if you are disabled; encourage others to do so. NEVER GIVE UP!

Volunteer your time and talents to the nearest Vet Center or veterans organization.

Work with groups of veterans to set up a meeting with the Director of the nearest VA Regional Office to review how it handles claims from Vietnam veterans.

Write your U.S. Representative (c/o House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515) and U.S. Senator (c/o U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510) or visit their local offices to urge them to support increased compensation now for Vietnam veterans.

Investigate what services are available from your state for veterans and how well those services are delivered.

Encourage civic organizations, unions, and business associations to which you belong to take a stand on veterans? issues.



LAWYERS

There are limits on when you can pay a lawyer to help you with a VA claim. Generally, you can hire a lawyer only after the BVA has decided your claim. Then you have only one year to hire a lawyer. Many lawyers work on a contingency basis that means you do not have to pay them a fee up front and if you do not win benefits, you will not have to pay a fee.
There are no limits on when someone else (a so-called third party) can use his or her own money to hire and pay a lawyer to represent you. This third party cannot be a family member who may benefit from your claim. If you use a third party to hire a lawyer, the lawyer can represent you at the beginning of a claim. Also, there are no limits on hiring a lawyer when the VA is coming after you because of a home loan guarantee debt. Some private lawyers and some legal aid or legal services offices provide representation free of charge at all stages of a VA claim.
There is an organization of attorneys and non-attorneys who regularly practice before the Court of Veterans Appeals. Its members are available to represent you at the Court or, through a third party contract, before a VARO or the BVA. For a list of these members, contact:

National Organization of Veterans Advocates
PO Box 42334
Washington DC 20015
(800) 810-VETS

If no private practitioners are willing to represent you at the Court of Veterans Appeals, it might be possible to obtain pro bono representation through the Veterans Pro Bono Consortion. The Court will send you information about this opportunity. It is available only to a limited number of persons who meet income guidelines.






VIETNAM VETERANS in need of help Contact VA's Gulf War/Agent Orange Helpline, a toll-free number
and/or see the web page for more information.
# 1-800-749-8387
http://www.va.gov/agentorange
VIETNAM VETERANS (& KOREA VETERANS who served in 1968-1969), and other veterans who may have been exposed to AGENT ORANGE or other herbicides elsewhere during testing, transporting or spraying of herbicides for military purposes and who are concerned about possible long-term health effects of AO exposure?contact the nearest VA medical center and request an AGENT ORANGE REGISTRY HEALTH EXAMINATION. There are more than 300,000 Vietnam Veterans that have already participated in this program.
VIETNAM VETERANS with illnesses that they believe were incurred or aggravated by exposure to AO or other aspects of military service should contact a VA veterans service representative at the nearest VA regional office or health care facility and apply for disability compensation The counselors have information about the wide range of benefit programs administered by the VA *(NOTE)
The national toll-free number is
1-800-827-1000
* NOTE: It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you get a service representative before filing any disability claim with the VA to insure/achieve proper filing and highest level disability claim DUE each veteran. The American Legion:
1-800-433-3318
Disabled American Veterans:
1-877-426-2838
Paralyzed Veterans of America:
1-800-424-8200
Veterans of Foreign Wars:
1-800-VFW-1899
See your local phone book for more listings.
Prostate Cancer Awareness
http://www.prostatecancerfoundation.org/
VIETNAM VETERANS with Children who have SPINA BIFIDA?contact the VA national toll- free hotline at 1-888-820-1756, or the nearest VA regional office by calling toll-free: 1-800-827-1000. Additional information on Spina Bifida is available from the Spina Bifida Association of America. Spina Bifida Association of America at
2590 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20007-4226
toll-free # 1-800-621-3141
e-mail address: spinabifda@aol.com and the web site at: http://www.sbaa.org
Gulf War Veterans Health Problems. http://www.va.gov/gulfwar/
General information regarding the health consequences of exposure to enviromental agents (AFGHANISTAN VETERANS, GULF WAR, AGENT ORANGE, IONIZING RADIATION, SHAD and more...) http://www.va.gov/environagents/
Issues that relate to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation during military service in the occupation of Japan at the conclusion of WWII or during the nuclear weapons tests program. http://www.va.gov/irad/
MANY pages, on other sites, require for you to have Adobe Acrobat software.
I am providing a link for a free copy & Info of such software.



US Soldiers cutting the tops off AGENT ORANGE barrel's
to use them for latrine duty, fill with dirt and use for protection
against enemy fire, BAR-B-Q pits and various tasks.

WANT to see more photos of AGENT ORANGE??
CLICK HERE



Snake Charmer's (Steve's) AO Info http://veteransinfo.org/id4.html
Most recent AO Info "2003/2004" http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aonew.html
Supreme Court's Decision on AO "June 2002"
http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aocourt.html
AO Spray Map & Info "Must See" http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aospraymap.html
AO Spray Map II http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aomap2.html
Gallons of AO, White & Blue Sprayed in Nam
http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aosprayeda.html
The Story Of Agent Orange http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aostory.html
Agent Orange Classified Info http://cybersarges.tripod.com/AOClassified.html
Article on Defoliation http://cybersarges.tripod.com/Defoliation.html
MORE info on AO Chemicals http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aochem.html
MORE Problems Caused by AO http://cybersarges.tripod.com/AOp.html
Operation Ranch Hand Web Site http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/AirOps/ranch.html
The AO Cover-up: Dioxin KILLS Web Site
http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Bunker/8212/dioxinkills.html
Thesis on AO by Deana Feist http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Bunker/8212/feist.html
AO and general information, (Vietnam Veterans Page/Lots of Good info)
http://www.tpromo.com/usvi/ag_org.htm
AO page from the 2/94th, 175mm Arty http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/AgentOrangePage.htm
Dioxin (AO) Study by Charles Kelley http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/HouseCom.htm
Agent Orange OUTSIDE of Vietnam http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aooutside.html
NEW VA Hepatitis C Web Site http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/
CHAMPVA claim rejected codes http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/rejected_claims.asp
Johnston Island and Agent Orange http://cybersarges.tripod.com/johnstoniland.html
AN old article on AO from Publisher of Hustler Magazine
http://cybersarges.tripod.com/AOarticle.html









MORE Helpful Web Links
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html NARA National Archives, Military Personnel Records
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/dd-214.html Request a copy of DD Form 214
http://www.va.gov/index.htm Veterans Administration & Benefits
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/title38.html TITLE 38 Veterans Benefits
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/index.htm Compensation & Pension Benefits
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm Compensation & Pension Exam Info
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/ Veterans online application web site (VONAPP)
http://www.va.gov/FORMS/default.asp VA Forms
http://www.vva.org/benefits/vvaguide.htm AO, VA Claims and Appeals, PTSD, VVA's Guide To Veterans Preference
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/AOno3.htm The VA's guide on Agent Orange claims
http://www.ssa.gov Social Security Online
http://www.ssa.gov/disability/ Social Security Disability Information
http://www.senate.gov/ U.S. Senate
http://www.house.gov/Welcome.html U.S. House of Representatives

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