2022 Regular Session
By: The Entire Membership
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING AND HONORING VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM WAR WHO WERE EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE.
WHEREAS, our great nation was conceived by those who were willing to sacrifice their personal safety and concerns to ensure our individual and collective freedom, and the Magnolia State is especially proud to be the home of so many valiant men and women who have performed above and beyond the call of duty; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of the United States have, throughout the years, been called upon to take up arms against the enemies of this nation, risking their lives and leaving their loved ones behind to honorably safeguard the freedoms and liberties guaranteed to all Americans and vanquishing those who threaten our way of life; and
WHEREAS, more than eight million citizens of this country honorably served during the Vietnam War, during which time Agent Orange was widely used in Vietnam by the United States Armed Forces as part of the herbicidal warfare program Operation Ranch Hand from 1961 until 1971; and
WHEREAS, nearly 20 million gallons of the orange powder were sprayed over the land from helicopters or low-flying aircraft, destroying vegetation and crops in order to deprive enemy guerrillas of food and cover for their activities and exposing 2.6 million American soldiers to the herbicide and defoliant chemical; and
WHEREAS, Agent Orange is a dioxin and cancer-causing chemical that enters the body through physical contact or ingestion and moves into the human cell nucleus, where it attacks the genes and causes a number of serious illnesses, including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, ischemic heart disease, soft tissue sarcoma, amyloidosis, diabetes, and cancers of the throat, prostate, lung, and colon; and
WHEREAS, Agent Orange also causes genetic damage, and in some cases, the children and grandchildren of veterans exposed to Agent Orange have been born with spina bifida and other issues; and
WHEREAS, today, only 800,000 Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange are alive, and approximately 300 deaths occur among these valiant veterans each day; and
WHEREAS, while fallen comrades are memorialized on The Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., those veterans who are victims of Agent Orange are not recognized as fatalities of the Vietnam War; and
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Legislature to honor these veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange, as they have made untold and innumerable sacrifices to preserve the liberties we enjoy today and that our descendants will hopefully continue to cherish for generations to come:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN, That we recognize and honor the veterans of the Vietnam War who were exposed to Agent Orange for their courageous service to our nation as some of America's most heroic citizens.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to members of the Capitol Press Corps.