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Vietnam Veterans Discuss Effects Of Agent Orange

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hundreds of Vietnam veterans gathered at Cornerstone Church Tuesday to help one another as their battle continues nearly 30 years after the war.

Thousands of veterans who fought in Vietnam are now dealing with health problems from Agent Orange. The defoliants were used to kill large brush in the jungle, helping the soldier see their attackers.

"They were spraying from helicopters, from fixed wing aircraft and even hand sprayers a chemical to defoliate the jungle to make it easier for us to hopefully see the enemy," said Vietnam veteran Barry Rice, current President of the Tennessee State Council, Vietnam Veteran of America.

Many soldiers started noticing complications from the chemicals in the 80s and have battled cancers and other diseases.

Tuesday's meeting supplied veterans with the information needed to get the help they've earned for fighting during the Vietnam War.

"So the basic thing is to do is find out how many people are out there, put faces on it and let them tell their stories," said Vietnam veteran Ralph Land.

It's said that 75 percent of veterans in the United States don't know the logistics of their benefits.


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