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Congress Investigates Agent Orange

In the late 1970s Congress began to address the effects of exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used by the United States military during the Vietnam War. Congressional committees interviewed Vietnam veterans and consulted medical experts to explore possible links between Agent Orange and certain forms of cancer and other health problems. After experts confirmed the product was harmful to humans, Congress mandated the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct further research on consequences of Agent Orange exposure and passed laws providing benefits to affected veterans.

1 Image Soldiers in Vietnam, photographs from the Walter Lewis Kudlacik... View All Images
1 Image Letter from several members of Congress to Representative Ray Roberts... View All Images
2 Images Agent Orange / Information for Veterans Who Served in Vietnam /... View All Images
2 Images Summary of P.L. 98-542, Veterans' Dioxin and Radiation Exposure... View All Images