Agent Orange

Agent Orange

Here is a piece I put together with one of my favorite platforms, NewHive.

What the poster originally displayed was a message from The Department of Veterans Affairs offering information about medical assistance as a result of this extremely harmful chemical. The military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other tactical herbicides on trees and vegetation during the Vietnam War.  I added a few transparent images to the poster to give it a deeper feel.  Uncle Sam, orange-eyed holding a spray can labeled Agent Orange was my favorite image. The image is captioned “We Can Do Anything To You In The U.S Army“, in contrast to the traditional “We Want You For U.S Army”  The US must have had some prior knowledge about the effects of this stuff of humans.  Innocent people and soldiers have been affected by the side effects of this chemical warfare.

Check this chopper in action spraying this crap over Vietnam.

Here is a list of health conditions I found from a VA blog

The blog also hyperlinks the health conditions for more information.

VA has linked several diseases and health conditions to

Agent Orange exposure.

VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for compensation benefits.

  • AL Amyloidosis
    A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters and collects tissues or organs
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias
    A type of cancer which affects a specific type of white blood cell
  • Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
    A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
    A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to produce or respond properly to the hormone insulin
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
    A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
    A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, that can lead to chest pain (angina)
  • Multiple Myeloma
    A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue
  • Parkinson’s Disease
    A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement
  • Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
    A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure.
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
    A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
  • Prostate Cancer
    Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among older men
  • Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
    Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)
    A specific group of malignant of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues

 

It is also linked to birth defects.  So if an innocent pregnant woman was exposed to Agent Orange, the unborn child will be the next victim.  How cruel.  All for war and the interests of the government.

I did not want to post images of the victims of Agent Orange.  I feel they are too gruesome and uncomfortable.  Instead, here’s a link to a Google image search I performed if you’re interested.  These are innocent people who’s lives have been ruined by war.  That sounds all too familiar, right?

Xavier

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