PRINCETON, WV (WVNS)– Agent Orange was a powerful herbicide used by U.S. Military forces during the Vietnam War. It is estimated that between 1962 and 1971, almost 11 million gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed in Vietnam.
While they are no longer at war, Veterans are still feeling the burden of its long term affects. It has since been proven to cause serious health issues like cancer, birth defects, neurological problems and more.
Mokie Porter, Director of Communications for Vietnam Veterans of America, spoke with Veterans Saturday October 26, explaining the resources available to those who are suffering.
“We need them to tell their children and grandchildren and they need to also put in a claim.” Porter said. “It’s amazing how many Veterans don’t know that their particular disease may be presumed service connected to Agent Orange.”
Around 3 million Veterans served in Southeast Asia, and no one knows for sure how many of these Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange.
If you are a Veteran and missed the town hall meeting you can contact your local VA center for more information.