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From ABC7 News (Fort Detrick):

For years, Rosemary Gruden was worried whether the water from her well and the soil in her garden are safe. She feared they were contaminated by chemical runoff. She considered moving. “I really don’t want to pull up roots and move,” she said.The Grudens live one mile from Fort Detrick. ABC7 has been investigating alleged spraying of the chemical known as Agent Orange at the Fort.“I don’t think it’s safe for people who work there. I really don’t,” she said.Gruden’s father, Charles, was a Detrick test lab worker for 30 years. He died of colon cancer. Her husband, Joe, was an employee at the Fort for 15 years. He suffers from blood cancer.“Frederick has a very high cancer rate and it always has,” Gruden said. “Lots of people have had cancer. Five of my neighbors, close neighbors. And now my husband.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently completed a superb series of reports on the “suffering and sickness in the endless wake of Agent Orange.” Here is the introduction to the six-part series.  Below that is a collection of videos that they created to accompany the series.

Vietnam and the United States have a common enemy.

Its name is Agent Orange.

From 1962 to 1971, the U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of the herbicide, which contained the toxic chemical dioxin, to defoliate the jungles and forests that gave cover to Ho Chi Minh’s northern forces in what was then South Vietnam.

At least 4.5 million Vietnamese, and the 2.5 million Americans who served there, may have been exposed to Agent Orange. These numbers do not reflect the possible impact on future generations.

The U.S. Veterans Administration now recognizes 15 illnesses linked to war-time exposure. The Vietnam Red Cross estimates that roughly 3 million adults and children continue to suffer illnesses and birth deformities because of these contaminated sites.

This is a fixable problem.

To the majority of Americans, it is also an invisible one.

More . . .

Videos

Heather Bowser describes herself as a child of Agent Orange. Bowser, who was born without several fingers and is missing part of her right leg, is convinced the cause was Agent Orange. Her father, Bill Morris, fought in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange. Bowser is haunted by the aftermath of Agent Orange and visited Vietnam to meet other second-generation Vietnamese who also suffer from the same birth defects.

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See an animated video showing how agent orange worked and it’s after effects on humans.

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Tim Andrews stays hopeful while facing a terminal disease:

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The generation of Khe Sanh and Hamburger Hill is fading:

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