Vietnam Reporting Project fellow Thuy Vu, an Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter for CBS5, recently returned to her homeland of Vietnam to take an in-depth look at the impact of Agent Orange. This CBS5 Special Report explores the on-going health impact of Agent Orange, the toxin used by the US military to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam. The half-hour report airs on January 3, 2011 at 7pm.
During the Vietnam War, more than 20 million gallons of the dioxin-contaminated defoliant were dumped on Vietnam jungles, affecting its people and the soldiers who fought alongside American troops. The Vietnamese suspect the toxin is responsible for cancers, deformities and disabilities. While American soldiers have received health care for their Agent Orange related issues, the Vietnamese feel they’ve been abandoned by the US government.