November 10, 1986 |
Unnatural Causes is a scrupulous and piercing telemovie about a scientific nightmare called Agent Orange. If you were never touched by Agent Orange, a notorious herbicide no longer in use, this show will make you glad you weren't. Several thousand veterans believe they became ill, in some cases with fatal cancers, as a result of being exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971. The manufacturers of Agent Orange and the Veterans Administration do not agree. Despite a much-publicized lawsuit, this legal question has not been settled with finality.
September 24, 1986 |
For Albert "Corky" Hall, the time he spent in Vietnam wasn't nearly the nightmare of the years that followed. Back home in Philadelphia, he fathered two girls. One had two brain tumors removed before she was 11 years old, and the other was born with a heart defect that required surgery when she was 5. Privately, doctors and nurses told him it was possible that his daughters' problems had been caused by his exposure in Vietnam to Agent Orange, the defoliant sprayed by U.S. forces to leave the enemy without the cover of vegetation.
September 16, 1987 |
Ten members of Congress yesterday criticized the Reagan administration for what they called deliberate delays in determining the long-term health effects of the defoliant Agent Orange on U.S. military personnel who served in Vietnam. In a letter to Thomas K. Turnage, the head of the Veterans Administration, the members expressed "deep concern" over a VA study that showed Marines who served in areas of Vietnam where Agent Orange was sprayed had a grossly higher rate of cancer deaths than did Marines serving outside of Vietnam.
July 12, 1989 |
It was to be the study that finally settled the debate over Agent Orange, the herbicide that transformed lush Asian jungles into wastelands and two decades later still haunts thousands of Vietnam veterans who believe it poisoned them and their unborn children. But the study to assess the herbicide's health consequences - conducted and abruptly canceled nearly two years ago by the federal Centers for Disease Control - never had a chance, members of a House panel contended yesterday.
August 9, 2012 |
DANANG, Vietnam - For the first time since the Vietnam War, the United States will begin cleaning up dioxin left from the defoliant Agent Orange at a former U.S. air base. A U.S. Embassy official said the $43 million joint U.S.-Vietnamese project would begin Thursday at Danang airport, site of the former base in central Vietnam. U.S. planes sprayed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War to eliminate enemy jungle cover. Dioxin lingers in soil and watersheds for generations and has been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other disabilities.
November 11, 1988 |
Vietnam veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange are more likely to have developed benign tumors and a range of skin diseases than veterans who were not exposed to the herbicide, according to a study of thousands of Vietnam veterans scheduled for release today. The five-year study of 6,810 veterans, sponsored by the American Legion, also found that Vietnam veterans are more likely to suffer from an array of physical and psychological problems than are veterans who did not serve in Southeast Asia.
September 1, 1987 |
Federal health officials say they can't find enough Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange to do a scientifically valid study of the defoliant's effects on humans. Dr. Vernon Houk, director of the Center of Environmental Health at the national Centers for Disease Control, said findings from preliminary studies would make it impossible "to identify who is exposed and who is not exposed. " "We looked at three different kinds of exposure: short-term, long-term, and exposure from being in an area of Vietnam where the herbicide was used," Houk said.
May 19, 1989
Saying that Vietnam veterans should not be required to prove what science cannot, a U.S. district court judge in California has ruled that the federal government cannot demand incontrovertible evidence that Agent Orange caused injuries before granting disability benefits. In his opinion, Judge Thelton E. Henderson noted that veterans' laws have always given veterans the benefit of the doubt when weighing whether an ailment is related to military service. In the case of Agent Orange, however, the federal government tilted the scales and required vets to show conclusive proof that the exposure produced injuries.
October 12, 2015 |
The smoke sometimes turned from black to green, like the olive drab of an old military uniform, as it rose from a pit of smoldering trash. The color depended on what was burning. There was refuse from chow halls and latrines at Camp Al Taqaddum in Iraq. But contractors also bulldozed in broken computers, wrecked humvees, and medical waste. Chris Lang, a Marine from Doylestown, slept in a tent downwind from the inferno. "We always joked about it," he said of the Olympic-pool-size burn pit. "Like, we're going to live through this [war]
January 6, 2012
AS A LIFELONG African-American resident of Philadelphia, I, too, am concerned about violence, but I have never once felt under siege, in any of the communities I have lived in, by the lawless elements perceived in Signe Wilkinson's "Occupy Black Philadelphia" cartoon. I know that some areas are worse than others in terms of crime, and I know that random shootings and murders are out of control. But to create a cartoon with the intent to graphically display that the entire black Philadelphia community is under siege is not only inaccurate, but also unfair and irresponsible.