In Vietnam almost sixty thousand U.S. military members were killed. Many more have died since the war ended.
"We're dying at such a rate it's unbelievable," Terry Hollenback from the Bradley County Disabled American Veterans said.
Terry Hollenback went to Vietnam in 1967.
"I became disabled because of agent orange in 05. I'm a hundred percent disabled," Hollenback said.
Agent Orange was one of the herbicides used in Vietnam to kill the thick vegetation. The goal was to make our service members safer.
"Our little bunker was seventy five feet from the beginning of the kill zone out. They wanted that cleared so you could see the enemy coming in at you."
Right now ... the VA recognizes 14 diseases and conditions associated with the exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides used in Vietnam.
"Different types of cancers, prostate cancer, diabetes type two, leukemia, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Parkinson's disease, and if you have any of these you are entitled to benefits from the government," Hollenback said.
Terry says if you don't know what benefits you qualify for see your local Veteran Service Officer or contact the VA.Here
is a link to more information on the conditions and diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange.
By Josh Roe