Veterans touched by Agent Orange tell their stories



By Tara Becker

 

Clifford Anderson’s serious health problems began when he was in his 30s.

It began with a diagnosis of colitis, an inflammation of the inner lining of his colon, in the early 1980s. By 1990, his colon had to be removed.

“When they took the colon out, the doctor at the university said they’ve never seen a colon like that before,” Anderson said. “It was like battleship gray.”

His health continued to deteriorate over the years as he developed poor circulation, bleeding ulcers on his ankles, blood clots, eye disease and now a rare cancer that leaves small tumors on the inside of his intestines.

Anderson, 67, of Joy, Ill., is convinced that his health problems stem from his exposure to Agent Orange, a highly toxic chemical sprayed on trees and vegetation during the Vietnam War. Anderson served with the 101st Airborne Division from February 1966 to September 1967.

“I felt sorry for myself for a long time,” Anderson said Saturday. “But I tell you the worst thing is, and I’ll just put it very bluntly, the hell I put my family through.”

Now, he worries about the effects of the drug being passed down genetically to his son and eventually his granddaughter.

In fact, the effects of Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals that soldiers may come in contact with during war may be felt in the next five to seven generations, said Maynard Kaderlik of the Minnesota State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America.

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Comment by DTOM on March 11, 2015 at 7:59am

Comment by Sweettina2 on March 11, 2015 at 12:46am

Years ago, as a new nurse, I sat outside the Parkland Hospital E.R. taking a break. A man sat next to me, introduced himself and began to talk about the reason for his hospital visit. He lit up a cigarette and told me of his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam. Said that our own government knowingly exposed many, just like him, to the toxic substance. 

He told me of how his cancer had been caused by Agent Orange, and while doctors and others agreed with the dangers of it, the U.S. Army/government were not prepared to admit they were responsible for the catastrophic results on our troops.

His anger and passion had created the lines I saw on his face as he told the sorry details of it all. I believed every word he said. 

He told me, "Listen to me, sister, the world has not finished hearing about what they did to us, the whole world will hear it. And they're gonna pay for it."

God bless and keep him and others whose lives were destroyed. May they be heard and be healed. TGS <3

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