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A lone man conspicuously saunters through the buzzing professional atmosphere, wearing a tattered, old fatigue shirt. He weaves through groups of scientists and administrators present at the National Academy of Science meeting, aloof and distanced. “You know, you could have dressed better,” thought Dr. Linda Schwartz, a researcher at the Yale School of Nursing present at the conference. Prominent international groups were meeting to formalize a list of diseases attributable to Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War. The public was welcome, but a standard of dress was implicit. Partway through a lecture, the man is called to the stage. He takes a poster from under his arm and unrolls it, showing an enlarged picture of a plane sweeping low to the ground spraying chemicals. Beneath it is a lone American soldier standing guard duty. “See that plane?” he says. “That’s Agent Orange. See that soldier? That’s me.” The crowd is deathly silent. Then he lifts up his shirt. His torso is disfigured, covered with gnarls and tumors. After a moment he reaches under the table and brings out a large jar, stating, “These are the ones they took out of me last year.”
Originally posted by Chadwickus
You might wanna learn how Agent Orange works and what it does when it when people are exposed to it.