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Agent Orange was created to be a very effective defoliant to be used by the army in Vietnam. (“Purpose & History”). The reason the Army wanted to use this chemical was to clear the land to make the enemy visible and to create a path for the U.S. soldiers to march through. The toxin destroyed the plant life of Vietnam and was extremely effective but it also had negative effects. The army did not fully understand the effect of Agent Orange on human beings exposed to this chemical, which created a large problem for soldiers in the war. Agent orange is an extremely toxic chemical known for having harmful health effects on individuals exposed to the toxin. An individual that is exposed can see nearly immediate effects from a disease called Chloracne which is a skin disease that causes a rash and acne to appear.(“Public Health”). This can cause insecurities among soldiers with minor cases but in major cases it can cause long lasting effects such as permanent scars and and cysts. Chloracne is unfortunately a very minor disease caused by Agent Orange. Some of the more harmful and longer last diseases of Agent Orange are Parkinson’s disease, different types of cancers, and Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, which is a disorder that causes liver dysfunction and thinning and blistering of the skin in sun exposed areas.(“Public Health”) Disorders such as these and cancers caused by Agent Orange are effecting the lives of the U.S. veterans that have been exposed. An estimate of 200,000 Vietnam veterans have died due to the toxic chemical of Agent Orange, but the government refuses to give compensation to those in need of treatment from the Vietnam war. (“Many Veterans Suffering…”)The United States government has done very little to help these veteran... ... middle of paper ... ...." Agent Orange Record. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014 "Agent Orange and U.S. Veterans." The Aspen Institute. N.p., Aug.-Sept. 2011. Web. 28 May 2014 Gustavson, Raymond F., Jr. "Agent Orange and Your VA Claim." This Is VietNow. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. “Many Veterans Suffering From Disease Linked to Agent Orange Still Can’t Get DisabilityCompensation.”OregonLive.com .N.p.,n.d. Web.28. May 2014 "McClatchy DC." DA NANG, Vietnam: 4 Decades after War Ended, Agent Orange Still Ravaging Vietnamese. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. “Public Health.” Veterans’ Diseases Associated With Agent Orange - N.p.,n.d. Web. 26. May 2014. “Purpose & History.” Agent Orange .N.p.,n.d. Web.28. May 2014 "The Military Industrial Complex and the "Extra Casualties" Of War." War Is A Crime .org. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. "What Is Agent Orange?" Agent Orange. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014

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