The Agent Orange

This paper examine the physical and psychological effects of the herbicide Agent Orange on Vietnam Veterans.

The purpose of this research is to examine the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam Veterans. The nature and use of Agent Orange will be discussed and its physical and psychological effects characterized.

The use of herbicides to kill vegetation for military purposes was begun by the Romans as early as 300 B.C. Their practice was to spread salt on the grazing and farm lands of enemies in order to diminish their food supply. Herbicidal warfare remained primitive until after the Second World War when chemicals came into use (Strum 10-11). The war in Vietnam, however, saw the first massive attempt to remove enemy cover as well as to destroy food supplies in the form of Operation Ranch Hand (1961-1971). The principal chemicals used in this effort were commonly known as Agent White, Agent Blue and Agent Orange, …