Agent Orange / Dioxin and Other Toxic Exposures

Learn About The HIstory of Agent Orange Use in Vietnam

This History Channel video offers a summary of the use of herbicides in Vietnam as a military tactic. These defoliants included Agent Orange and similar chemicals. The widespread use of these defoliants some 50 years ago have left an ongoing legacy today.

Jack McManus of Vietnam Veterans of America was part of Operation Ranch Hand during his military service in the Vietnam War. His mission was to spray the herbicide Agent Orange across Vietnam via aircraft. He now works to inform other veterans, their children, and the general public about what Agent Orange was and why the companies that manufactured it need to release more information about how it was made, where it was used and what was in it.

News and Information Links

Self Help GuideVVA Self-Help Guide

The VVA Self-Help Guide to Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange

News Links


Research Findings

  • Veterans and Agent Orange - Update 2014 (2016)
    This is the final and cumulative report of the series published by the National Academy of Sciences, which was asked to perform a comprehensive evaluation of scientific and medical information regarding the health effects of exposure to Agent Orange, other herbicides used in Vietnam, and the various components of those herbicides, including TCDD.

Web Pages

The Faces of Agent Orange: A project of the Vietnam Veterans of America

Toxic Exposure Research Act Signed into Law

We are pleased to report that the President has signed the Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 on December 16, 2016. This bill incorporated the Toxic Exposure Research Act we had been working on getting passed. The toxic exposure research portion is contained in Title VI Subtitle C of the bill.

John Rowan, President of the Vietnam Veterans of America, made the following statements about the passage of this bill in a VVA Press Release:

“This legislation, a necessary first step, has been a top priority for VVA. It will lay the groundwork for the research we need on the health of our children and grandchildren, whom we believe have been impacted by exposures during our military service--and in keeping with our founding principle, ‘Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,’ this legislation will ensure that our newer veterans will not have to wait 50 years for answers.”

“My heartfelt congratulations go to all of you who answered the call and took action, organizing over 250 Agent Orange town hall meetings throughout our nation; activating your communities; building coalitions; and working with your representatives on Capitol Hill. You have shown that there are no political boundaries when it comes to justice for our children. Through your relentless perseverance, your voices have been heard.”

Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting - Portland VA Medical Center, November 22, 2015

This is the second Town Hall meeting sponsored by VVAChapter 392. It was a forum for discussion about the legacy of exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic substances on veterans and their offspring. The video below was shot by KOIN TV in Portland, who graciously shared it with us.