Ongoing Impact of Stellman's Agent Orange Findings Cited
March 20, 2018
Ariel Garfinkle points to the significance for the Vietnamese of Professor Jeanne Stellman's landmark investigation into the ongoing effects of the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Writing for the The New YorkTimes special section "Vietnam '67," Garfinkle observes:
"Researchers led by Jeanne Stellman of Columbia examined military records of the flight paths of Agent Orange spraying missions. Comparing those flight paths to the position of nearby villages and American ground troops revealed a direct association between exposure and later health problems.
"These findings, published in 2003, put an end to the longtime denial by the government that Agent Orange spraying did not harm American troops. The Department of Veterans Affairs now assumes, as a blanket policy, that all of the 2.8 million troops who served in Vietnam were exposed to chemical defoliants, and provides some medical coverage and compensation for that. But the United States has never acknowledged that it also poisoned millions of Vietnamese civilians in the same way."