Agent Orange is a powerful mixture of chemical defoliants. One of the most powerful operations that used Agent Orange is Ranch Hand. Ranch hand sprayed more than 19 million gallons of herbicides over 4.5 million acres of land in the Vietnam from 1961 to 1972. They sprayed Agent Orange around roads, rivers, canals and military bases, as well as on crops that might be used to supply food for enemy troops. Agent Orange was the most common and most effective tool to use in the war. This caused serious health issues among returning U.S. service men and their families and also the Vietnamese population. Because of Agent Orange over 400,000 people were killed or maimed as a result of exposure. Children have been born with serious birth defects and they suffer from all the exposure they have faced.
Agent Orange was used by the U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War to eliminate forest cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong Troops, as well as the crops that might be used to feed them. Returning Vietnam Veterans and their families had reports of afflictions, including rashes and other skin irritations, miscarriages, psychological systems, type-2 diabetes, birth defects in children and cancer such as Hodgkin’s disease, prostate cancer and Leukemia. Agent Orange was very powerful and it was very harmful for the people who were exposed and caused a lot of affects for the people.