Lasting effects of agent orange on Vietnam veteran’s

Lasting effects of agent orange on Vietnam veteran’s

Agent Orange received its name from its distinctive packaging, an orange striped 55 gallon drum. It works as a defoliant killing broad leafed plants and weeds by inducing rapid and uncontrolled growth, causing the plants to loose all of their leaves.

The United States government used Agent Orange in Vietnam to reduce the amount of vegetation in heavy combat zones and around military bases in an effort to reduce the effectiveness of the North Vietnamese guerilla forces. During Operation Ranch Hand the U. S. Air Force sprayed 19 million gallons of Agent Orange in Vietnam from 1961 – 1971.