The Vietnam War officially ended April 30, 1975, but its aftermath still lingers today in a war that thousands of surviving veterans still battle: The conflict over Agent Orange.
In this special report, journalist Michelle Bearden examines how exposure to this herbicide and defoliant chemical – used by the U.S. military in Vietnam to clear jungles and destroy crops – has led to debilitating health conditions to thousands of troops who served in country.
And its brutal reach doesn’t end there. Many children of those veterans are suffering from inexplicable medical issues as well. Mounting evidence supports that this correlation is more than just a theory.
What are the conditions recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that ensure a veteran will be compensated for Agent Orange exposure? And what rights do the offspring of affected veterans have if they are afflicted by a suspicious illness?
“Agent Orange: A Toxic Legacy” tells this story through the eyes of afflicted veterans and how they deal with an enemy that followed them home from the battlefield.
Michelle Bearden is a multimedia journalist and public speaker with extensive experience in print and broadcast media. Her many awards include first-place honors for column writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and beat reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also a two-time winner of the Supple Religion Reporter of the Year from the national Religion Newswriters Association. She’s a graduate of Central Michigan University, which inducted her in the school’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2008 for her pioneer work in media convergence and investigative religion reporting.
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