Ken Gambles Discussion Forum
On August 7th 1961 President Kennedy authorized the testing of Agent Orange. They were deemed a success and all out chemical assault was launched against Vietnam . The reason being to strip the land of foliage and crops was to remove a possible food source from the VC.
Operation Ranch hand was the name of the start of an eight year chemical war using C-123 Air Force Planes. during this time frame from 62 to 1970 over 500,000 acres of crops were destroyed and between 5 to 6 million acres of land stripped of vegetation. During this time we were all told there would be no lasting effect or harm due to the use of Agent Orange by our government and the chemical’s many factors.
In the 10 years we had 9 million who served, of which 6 million were volunteers ranging in age from 15-62. America never lost a major battle during the war but 50 years later 3.8 million that were exposed are losing at the rate of 300 a day. Our government does not recognize us as wounded unlike a brother that took lead from enemy fire. he received a purple heart and 9 times out of 10 recovered from his wounds. We that were exposed never got a medal and will never recover from our conditions. It’s a life sentence and will be handed down to our children. As they too have a life of suffering with little to no recognition from our government.
By 1990 there were enough deaths and enough evidence that Agent Orange was taking its toll. In 2006 Bobby Muller requested that a study be done on the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam. From this study they found that over a million children had been born with deformation when their parents had been exposed.
All I have heard is that we lost the war in Vietnam. I would ask how that is possible when we never lost a single major battle. In 73 we were pulled out and we left everything.
The Orange Heart Medal Foundation was formed to give the exposed vets the recognition that they deserve after all they were wounded in Nam even if the government doesn’t recognize it. We will put the medals out as long as the donations come in so we can purchase them. Go to our blog and tell your story, the more stories the more awareness.