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MAM World Food Day Events

Like last year October, we are working with Dr. Vandana Shiva’s Navdanya network, but unlike last year, there is no one-day event. MAM organizers who want to organize in October as MAM, can do so as part of the “Call To Action for Seed, Food and Earth Democracy”. This event represents a network of global movements, and by cooperating, we are part of the joint action, and not a division doing something on its own, with only a small turnout.

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Seed Freedom has extended their “Fortnight of Action” to MAM organizers starting 29 September to include Mexico’s World Day of Corn, in many towns and cities across the country.

Many cities have chosen to have events on 11 and 18 October, but you can choose any date between 20 September and 20 October, to eliminate the stress of having to get a permit for a one-day coordinated event for a second time this year.

Activities can include organic and seed markets, a public picnic to spread information, guerrilla gardening, community gardening, the start of cooperative food gardening, a march, etc. You decide, collaborate with other local organizations in the area to not make it a headache, and ensure that it is a lasting and growing impact. You can navigate the Seed Freedom site to get more ideas for the type of event you want, or decide among yourselves locally in your city.

Just as we celebrate goals achieved since the last march in May each year, each October we can celebrate how we brought the practical alternative into effect.

The calendar of events will be hosted here http://seedfreedom.in/events/

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Underneath the Monsanto-FDA buck-passing act, there was a conscious deal to give a free pass to GMO crops. This had nothing to do with science or health or “feeding the world.” It was about profits. It was also about establishing a new monopoly on food.


“The propagandists who actually decide the content of mainstream news have done a bang-up job on Monsanto. They’ve made it seem that the science for and against GMO crops is a swamp of uncertainty no one can decipher. Therefore, leave it alone. Don’t step into it. This omits one stunning circumstance: exactly how GMO crops were permitted into the US food supply in the first place.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Perhaps you remember the Just-Label-It campaign. A number of activist groups petitioned the FDA for a federal regulation that would make labeling GMO food mandatory all across America.

The petition amassed over a million signatures. But the FDA decided only 394 of these were legitimate, because all the others were electronically submitted in one document.

Infuriating? Of course. But that was nothing.

Imagine this. A killer is put on trial, and the jury, in a surprise verdict, finds him not guilty. Afterwards, reporters interview this killer. He says, “The jury freed me. It’s up to them. They decide. That’s what justice is all about.”

Then the press moves along to members of the jury, who say: Well, we had to take the defendant’s word. He said he was innocent, so that’s what we ruled.

That’s an exact description of the FDA and Monsanto partnership.
When you cut through the verbiage that surrounded the introduction of GMO food into America, you arrive at two key statements. One from Monsanto and one from the FDA, the agency responsible for overseeing, licensing, and certifying new food varieties as safe.

Quoted in the New York Times Magazine (October 25, 1998, “Playing God in the Garden”), Philip Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications, famously stated: “Monsanto shouldn’t have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

From the Federal Register, Volume 57, No.104, “Statement of [FDA] Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties,” here is what the FDA had to say on this matter: “Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”

The direct and irreconcilable clash of these two statements is no accident. It’s not a sign of incompetence or sloppy work or a mistake or a miscommunication. It’s a clear signal that the fix was in.
No real science. No deep investigation. No convincing evidence of safety. Passing the buck back and forth was the chilling and arrogant strategy through which Pandora’s Box was pried opened and GMO food was let into the US food supply.

In order for this titanic scam to work, the media had to cooperate. Reporters had to be a) idiots and b) sell-outs.

With few exceptions, reporters and their editors let the story rest there, as a “he said-he said” issue. No sane principled journalist would have cut bait at that point, but who said mainstream reporters are sane or principled?

Underneath the Monsanto-FDA buck-passing act, there was a conscious deal to give a free pass to GMO crops. This had nothing to do with science or health or “feeding the world.” It was about profits. It was also about establishing a new monopoly on food.

Not only would big agribusiness dominate the planet’s food supply as never before, it would strengthen its stranglehold through patents on novel types of seeds which were technologically engineered.

It’s very much like saying, “A cob of corn is not a plant, it’s a machine, and we own the rights to every one of those yellow machines.”

How was Monsanto able to gather so much clout?

There was one reason and one reason only. Putting the world’s food supply into fewer hands was, and is, a major item on the Globalist agenda. If it weren’t, the FDA-Monsanto scam would have been exposed in a matter of weeks or months.

Major newspapers and television networks would have attacked the obvious con job like packs of wild dogs and torn it to pieces.
But once the scam had been given a free pass, the primary corporate-government tactic was to accomplish a fait accompli, a series of events that was irreversible.
In this case, it was about gene drift. From the beginning, it was well known that GMO plants release genes that blow in the wind and spread from plant to plant, crop to crop, and field to field. There is no stopping it.

Along with convincing enough farmers to lock themselves into GMO-seed contracts, Monsanto bought up food-seed companies in order to engineer the seeds…and the gene-drift factor was the ace in the hole.

Sell enough GMO seeds, plant enough GMO crops, and you flood the world’s food crops with Monsanto genes.
Back in the 1990s, the prince of darkness, Michael Taylor, who has moved through the revolving door between the FDA and Monsanto several times, and is now the czar of food safety at the FDA—Taylor said, with great conviction, that the GMO revolution was unstoppable; within a decade or two, an overwhelming percentage of food grown on planet Earth would be GMO.

Taylor and others knew. They knew about gene drift, and they also knew that ownership of the world’s food, by a few companies, was a prime focus for Globalist kings who intended to feed the population through Central Planning and Distribution.

–“We feed these people; we hold back food from those people; we send food there; we don’t send food here.”–

Control food and water, and you hold the world in your hand.

Here is evidence that, even in earlier days, Monsanto knew about and pushed for the Globalist agenda. Quoted by J. Flint, in his 1998 “Agricultural Giants Moving Towards Genetic Monopolism,” Robert Fraley, head of Monsanto’s agri-division, stated: “What you are seeing is not just a consolidation of [Monsanto-purchased] seed companies. It’s really a consolidation of the entire food chain.”

And as for the power of the propaganda in that time period, I can think of no better statement than the one made on January 25th, 2001, by the outgoing US Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Glickman said:
“What I saw generically on the pro-biotech [GMO] side was the attitude that the technology was good and that it was almost immoral to say that it wasn’t good, because it was going to solve the problems of the human race and feed the hungry and clothe the naked. And there was a lot of money that had been invested in this, and if you’re against it, you’re Luddites, you’re stupid. There was rhetoric like that even here in this department [USDA]. You felt like you were almost an alien, disloyal, by trying to present an open-minded view on some of these issues being raised. So I pretty much spouted the rhetoric that everybody else around here spouted; it was written into my speeches.”

Glickman reveals several things in these remarks: he was spineless; people at the Dept. of Agriculture were madly buying into the Monsanto cover story about feeding the world; and there had to be a significant degree of infiltration at his Agency.

The last point is key. This wasn’t left to chance. You don’t get a vocal majority of Dept. of Agriculture personnel spouting the Monsanto propaganda merely because the fairy tale about feeding the world sounds so good. No, there are people working on the inside to promote the “social cause” and make pariahs out of dissenters.
You need special background and training to pull that off. It isn’t an automatic walk in the park. This is professional psyop and intelligence work.

I’ve done some investigation of various groups on both the left and the right, and I’ve seen some pros in action. They’re good. They know how to leverage ideas and slogans and ideals. They know how to defame opponents and find the right words to sink them. They know how to turn high-flying but vague words about “humanity” into moral imperatives.

This isn’t rinky-dink stuff. To tune up bureaucrats and scientists, you have to have a background in manipulation. You have to know what you’re doing. You have to be able to build and sustain support, without giving your game away.
Truth be told, governments are full of these pros, who will take any number of causes and turn them into what falsely sounds like good science, good government, good morality, all the while knowing that, on the far shore, sits the real prize: control.

These psyop specialists are hired to help make overarching and planet-wide agendas come true, as populations are brought under sophisticated and pathological elites who care, for example, about feeding the world as much as a collector cares about paralyzing and pinning butterflies on a panel in a glass case.

Here is David Rockefeller, writing in his 2003 Memoirs:
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

The Globalists play for keeps.
Owning the food of the world is part of their strike-force action plan, and Monsanto is the technocratic arm of that plan.
Meanwhile, the controlled press treats the whole sordid Monsanto/FDA story with its time-honored policy of “he said-he said.” This policy dictates that stories merely present both sides of a conflict without drawing conclusions.
It applies across the board—except when it doesn’t. For example, for reasons too complex to go into here, the Washington Post decided to suspend its policy in the Watergate case. Woodward and Bernstein were assigned to investigate what was going on behind White House denials and obfuscations.
The same thing could be done with Monsanto, and it would be far easier. The lies and crimes and cover-ups are everywhere. You could wear sunglasses and find them in the dark.

The NY Times and the Washington Post could sell millions more papers on the back of the Monsanto story alone. It would be a bonanza for them. But no. They don’t care. They’d rather keep declining and losing readers. They’d rather die.
Normally, a business doesn’t commit suicide, especially when it sees exactly how to resuscitate itself. But here we are dealing with an agenda which can’t be disturbed. Globalism, and its agri-techno partner, Monsanto, are creating a planetary future. Major media are part and parcel of that op. They are selling it.

Even as their bottom lines erode, these newspapers and television networks have to stay on their present course. By pretending they’re reporting the real news, they’re giving the impression that Monsanto and the FDA are home free.

Again, we aren’t talking about sloppy reporting or accidental omissions of fact or boggling incompetence or ignorance about science. We are talking about conscious intent to deceive.
Yes, now and then the controlled media will release a troubling piece about Monsanto. But placement and frequency are everything. How often do these stories run? Do they run as the lead or do we find them on page 7? Are reporters assigned to keep pounding on a basic story and reveal more and more crimes? Does the basic story gather steam over the course of weeks and months?
These are the decisions that make or break a story. In the case of Monsanto and the FDA, the decisions were made a long time ago.

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COVVHA Delegates Going to Vietnam

Four members of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance will be departing on a ten day delegation to Vietnam at the end of July. The delegates will spend time learning about the continuing environmental and human toll caused by the Vietnam War era herbicide, Agent Orange. Approximately, 20 million gallons of Agent Orange was dispersed in Southern Vietnam by the United States Government from 1961-1971.

All four travelers have a family connection to the Vietnam War by a loved one that served. All four has lost the Vietnam Veteran to death. The delegates want to have a deeper understanding of how a war that was fought before their existence still affects them and others. Delegates include Josh Kelley, Rachel Harting, Heather Bowser, and Luke Bowser.

Delegate Josh Kelley           
Josh Kelley is a delegate from Arkansas. Josh’s father, Daniel Kelley, enlisted in 1967. He arrived in Da Nang Air Base in 1969 and spent time at Chu Lai Air Base. During his time in Vietnam his father was exposed to Agent Orange.

Josh Kelley over comes his birth defects by focusing on what he can accomplish not what others think he can't.

Josh Kelley over comes his birth defects by focusing on what he can accomplish not what others think he can’t.

Josh and his parents in the 1980's. Josh Kelley born in 1975, has multiple birth defects. He was born without both arms below the elbow and his left leg below the knee.

Josh and his parents in the 1980′s. Josh Kelley born in 1975, has multiple birth defects. He was born without both arms below the elbow and his left leg below the knee.

 

Shortly after his discharge in 1971, Daniel married, Pam. They welcomed their son, Josh in 1975. He was born missing his leftleg from just below the knee and both arms from just below the elbows. The doctors and his parents were shocked. He spent several months hospitalized after his birth. Doctors told the young parents he would not function. Josh shared, “My dad didn’t give up on me. He taught me how to do things I never thought I could. He taught me to never give up.” Josh is looking forward to meeting other children in Vietnam. I’d like to take the knowledge he passed on to me, to help some of the children in Vietnam who were also born disfigured from Agent Orange. I’m sure I’ll learn from them as well. This trip will also help me to understand some of the unanswered questions about my father, who passed away from suicide on Father’s Day, 1997.”

 

What is Agent Orange?

Agent Orange, named for the orange stripe around the barrel, was a deadly herbicide used by the United States Department of Defense to destroy broad leaf plants, thus killing crops and denying the enemy cover. The chemical manufactured by Monsanto, Dow, and five other chemical companies was a fifty/fifty recipe of two herbicides, 2, 4, 5-T, trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) and, 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic (2,4,D). Today, 2,4, D continues to be manufactured and sold as weed killer. Monsanto’s own Round-Up is the most popular weed control brand on the market. It’s used widely by home owners, landscapers and in Agriculture

Agent Orange became contaminated in the manufacturing process with 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenzo (TCCD Dioxin) when incomplete combustion occurred. Some say this was a result of the manufactures rushing to meet the supply demands of the Department of Defense. TCDD dioxin is known to be a Human Carcinogen. The TCCD from Agent Orange has caused devastation in the environment and humankind in Vietnam as well as taken a deathly toll on the American, and Australian Vietnam Veterans.

Delegate Rachel Harting                                                                 

Rachel’s father, Sergeant Louis Neal Hagenow was part of the U. S. military’s 173rd Airborne Brigade from March 1966 -1968. Her father’s areas of operation included War Zone C and D, ICOR 1, Pleiku and Dak To. According to Louis, he received the most exposure to Agent Orange in War Zone C. Louis never directly handled Agent Orange, but knew that he had been ingesting it on a regular basis by drinking the rainwater off of the leaves. He recalled walking through jungle areas one time, and then the next time through, the plant life was dying.

Rachel and her father on her wedding day. Her father passed away from Agent Orange related cancer on November, 30, 2012

Rachel and her father on her wedding day. Her father passed away from Agent Orange related cancer on November, 30, 2012.

Rachel's father, Sergeant Louis Neal Hagenow, 173rd Airborne Brigade from March 1966 -1968.

Rachel’s father, Sergeant Louis Neal Hagenow, 173rd Airborne Brigade from March 1966 -1968.

Louis lost his right arm in the Battle of Hill 875 on July 10, 1968. Due to his injury, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in September 1968. Louis had remained healthy for many years. For a long time, the only thing that happened that was strange was that his PSA blood tests came back high every year. He had several prostate biopsies done and they would all come back negative for cancer until August of 2012. The doctors continued his yearly physical exam only to find out that he had a large cancerous tumor on his kidney and stage 4 lung cancer. On November 30, 2012, he died. The oncologist concluded that the cancers had not metastasized and that Louis’ exposure to Agent Orange played a large role in the speed of which the cancers killed him.

Rachel, currently of Indiana, was born with a hip and a knee turned outward. Her mother, Kathi, tried to get it corrected but the pediatrician felt that Rachel would outgrow the issue. The doctor was wrong.

As Rachel got older, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and psoriatic arthritis. She has been unable to carry a pregnancy to term, even with the assistance of in-vitro fertilization. At the time of trying to conceive, Rachel found out that her egg quality was extremely poor. No one, not even Rachel’s younger sister, has had any of these medical issues in her family.

The Struggle Continues in Vietnam

Currently, there are twenty eight known highly contaminated places or “hot spots” in Vietnam. Most of these contaminated places are in areas where Operation Ranch Hand, the U.S. Military operation responsible for the herbicide spraying program, stored Agent Orange, filled planes with agent Orange, or cleaned equipment. In 2009, a Statement to the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Global Environment, researchers revealed dioxin levels of up to 365,000 ppt at Da Nang, 262,000 ppt on the Bien Hoa base and 236,000 ppt in former storage areas on the Phu Cat base.

The toll on Vietnam from dioxin has been substantial. The people who were directly exposed to Agent Orange, like American and Australian Vietnam Veterans, have all the same illnesses our Vietnam Veterans have. There are high instances of diabetes and cancers. Those who were directly exposed have also reported high instances of birth defects in their children and grandchildren.

394536_3163937216246_1944234097_nThe people of Vietnam have been harmed by eating from a contaminated food chain during the years of the spraying. Others were or continue to be exposed to the dioxin at one of the existing hotspots in southern Vietnam. The trans-generational affects of this exposure continues today.

 

 

Delegates Heather Bowser & Luke Bowser

Heather’s father, Bill Morris, served in the U.S. Military from 1968-1970. He was stationed at Long Binh Base near Bein Hoa from 1968-1969. On his first day in country, he was made to help fight a chemical fire without any protection. That may have been his first exposure. However, as his time continued, equipment used for spraying was cleaned near the building he worked. There were also almost daily aerial and perimeter spraying on the base itself. When he left Vietnam he was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State where he worked in an area that would receive equipment that was used in Vietnam that had a high probability of Agent Orange residue.1099845_1398547953.2762

When he came home, he developed hypertension very quickly. At age 38, he had emergency bypass surgery on five blocked arteries. They gave him a 50/50 chance of survival. He survived, but developed diabetes at age 40, at age 48 he had a stroke and at age 50 he died of a massive heart attack.

Heather's mother Sharon Morris carries Heather as an infant.

Heather’s mother Sharon Morris carries Heather as an infant.

Heather’s mother had two miscarriages then Heather was born in 1972, two months premature. She is missing her right leg below the knee, several of her fingers and her big toe on her left foot. Heather’s mother had an additional miscarriage and her brother was born without birth defects in 1978. Heather, currently of Ohio, is the co-founder and national coordinator of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. This is her fourth trip to Vietnam.

Luke is Heather’s oldest son and the grandson of Bill Morris.
Luke is 13 years old and has grown up learning about how Agent Orange has affected his mother. He was born two years after his grandfather died from Agent Orange. He doesn’t have birth defects, but has a hard time processing any artificial sweeteners. Luke also has hyper-flexibility in his joints. He is traveling to Vietnam to learn more about those affected by Agent Orange like his mother. Luke’s younger brother suffers from Asthma, and has some minor toe deformities. He wants to understand more about the war that affected his family’s life.

 

The Trip 

The delegates will travel through Vietnam meeting many Adult Children of former Vietnamese soldiers affected by Agent Orange. They will also meet many young children affected by Agent Orange either from environmental exposures or trans-generationally. Several centers for the care of Agent Orange youth will visited. The delegates hope is to learn about the issues in Vietnam and also educate about the ways Agent Orange still affects generations of offspring of American Vietnam Veterans. Some places the delegation will travel to include  Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Bein Hoa, Dong Nai and other places of  historical importance during the war. The delegates will be hosted in Vietnam by Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA). VAVA is a Vietnamese non government organization that was organized in 2010 to achieve justice for Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange.

Currently, there are two legislative matters regarding justice for offspring related to Agent Orange. The Agent Orange Relief Act of 2013, H.R. 2519, seeks health care for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam, plus Ameriasian citizens in the United States, it also aims to replace “female veterans” with gender neutral “veterans,” thus qualifying the children of male  American Vietnam Veterans for the same benefits children of female Vietnam Veterans are currently eligible for. The Toxic Exposure and Military Family Support Act,  H.R. 4816, seeks to create a research hospital for veteran’s offspring who believe they have been affected by a family member’s exposure during military service.

The children and grand children of Vietnam Veterans are suffering from rare illnesses, cancers, skeletal issues, endocrine problems, autoimmune diseases, fertility issues and early death. These problems continue to be ignored by the United States Government. Australian offspring of Vietnam Veterans receive more care than their U.S. Counterparts. Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, Inc. is working to create change through education across generations and across the miles.

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Veteran’s health issues are an important concern for Americans. Veterans, their families and the communities they call home share a major health concern. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is on the rise in our country! It has been documented that some veterans are linked to Type 2 diabetes mellitus from their exposure to a chemical agent called “Agent Orange.” Other veterans are entering the “high-risk” age group for the onset Type 2 diabetes mellitus.



According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) veterans who develop Type 2 diabetes mellitus and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to prove a connection between their diabetes and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.

According to Department of Veterans Affairs; records obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, diabetes is now the top claim for Vietnam Veterans.  

Diabetes risk factors of an aging veteran population

Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people, especially in people who are overweight. Health factors such as age, genetics and heredity, lifestyle and overall health management are reflected in the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

As of July 2014, the United States Census Bureau records show that there are 21.8 million U.S. veterans; 20.2 million males and 1.6 million females.

Overall the average age of a U.S. veteran is 58-years-old, with the largest group of veterans between the ages of 45 and 64. More specifically, 21.1 percent of the veteran population is under the age of 45, 41.2 percent are between the ages of 45 and 64 and 37.1 percent of the population is 65-years or older.

The average age today for Vietnam veterans would be around 60-65. The youngest Vietnam War vet might be around 52 years old (this age group is among the highest for the onset of diabetes in the “at risk” group). Age 60 years or older: 12.2 million, or 23.1 percent, of all people in this age group have diabetes.

Signs, symptoms & risk factors of Type 2 diabetes:

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that affects the body’s ability to use blood sugar for energy. In Type 2 diabetes mellitus, the body does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells ignore the insulin.
  • Signs of diabetes type 2 (untreated) are: Blurry vision, excessive thirst, fatigue, hunger, frequent urination and weight loss.
  • Risk factors for diabetes Type 2 include: Over age 45, family history and genetics, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, obesity and gestational diabetes.

By understanding the chronic health conditions prevalent among all veterans we can then build a support system offering health services and programming while assessing needs and offering support.

If you are a veteran and you have questions about your exposure to Agent Orange, contact your local VA office. Helpful online resources can be found at:

For more tips on chronic illness and diabetes visit Michigan State University Extension at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/chronic_disease

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As veterans complain of health impacts from toxic fumes, advocates warn that burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan might come back to haunt the administration.

The Obama administration prides itself on righting the sins of past regimes, including expanding access to health care for Vietnam veterans who suffered from exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange.



But veterans groups worry the administration is on track to repeat past mistakes by refusing thousands of disability claims that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans say are related to breathing toxic fumes from open burn pits—which were used for years to discard everything from trash and human waste to vehicles and batteries.

The Veterans Affairs Department finally opened a congressionally mandated online registry for burn-pit victims late last month, and lawmakers are starting to look at how to move forward on helping veterans who believe their illnesses—ranging from bronchitis to cancer—are tied to exposure to the fumes.

Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico is working on legislation that requires the VA to establish a research network to study the impact of open burn pits on soldiers and veterans. And Sen. Bob Corker—who previously worked with Udall to spearhead burn-pit legislation in the Senate—said that “the VA must ensure this law is implemented effectively and fix any remaining problems with the online Open Burn Pit Registry.”

Corker notes that with the ongoing health care scandal, the “credibility of the Veterans Affairs [is] already on the line.”

On the other side of the Hill, legislation introduced last year has stalled. Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop of New York wants the Defense Department to create three “centers of excellence” where ailments from burn-pit exposure would be studied, diagnosed, and treated.

“I’m trying to build cosponsors for that, so that we can show the leadership that this is an issue that has pretty strong bipartisan support,” Bishop said. He calls measures to boost the ability to study and treat illnesses tied to exposure “the next logical step.” But with the clock running down on the 113th Congress, Bishop acknowledged that the proposal might have to be reintroduced next year.

In the meantime, veterans can use the VA’s online registry—if they can get access to it—to document their exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards, including health concerns that they have.

And though using the registry won’t help veterans in their current battles to get disability pay from the VA, the administration is hoping to use the voluntary sign-ups to help document and track exposure.

“When we have things like metal showing up in people’s lungs, and acute respiratory problems … it’s worth asking questions now to figure that out,” said Tom Tarantino, the policy director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and a former Army captain.

Bishop and Tarantino worry that without proper attention, exposure to burn pits could turn into this generation’s Agent Orange. Veterans of the Vietnam War, where Agent Orange was frequently used as an herbicide, waited decades for the VA to recognize that their illnesses were caused by the chemical.

Advocates are hoping the VA will learn from its past mistakes and take a more proactive approach to trying to figure out the potential health impact of burn pits.

“Sort of my mantra is that we don’t want burn-pit exposure to become the Agent Orange of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars,” Bishop said. “One of the reasons that I and a couple of other members of Congress jumped on this when we did is to try to forestall that from happening.”

Research on burn-pits exposure is lagging, and the findings have been mixed.

The VA, for its part, believes that most illnesses that could be tied to burn-pit exposure are temporary and tend to go away once a soldier gets away from them.

“Research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from exposure to burn pits at this time,” the VA says on its website.

And a 2011 study by the Institute of Medicine—which the VA relies heavily upon to determine what illnesses it considers service-related—found “insufficient evidence” to make a hard link between burn-pit exposure and long-term health effects. But the institute recommended a longer study “to determine their incidence of chronic diseases, including cancers, that tend to not show up for decades.”

A study by Anthony Szema, an assistant professor at Stony Brook School of Medicine, found that the type of material being burned has been linked to a whole host of diseases. For example, Szema told lawmakers as early as 2009 that burning cardboard has been linked to neurological disorders, plastic bottles to deficiencies in the immune system, and particle boards or plywood to certain types of cancers.

The Defense Department publicly falls in line with the VA. The Pentagon backs further research but doesn’t think that burn pits have long-term health impacts. A leaked 2011 Army memo, however, paints a different picture.

Studying exposure to air pollution at an air base in Afghanistan, the internal memo found that “there is a potential that long-term exposure … may increase the risk for developing chronic health conditions such as reduced lung function or exacerbated chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, atherosclerosis, or other cardiopulmonary diseases.”

The main cause of the pollution at the base? A burn pit, according to the report.

“I have been disappointed that the official position of the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs is that there is no conclusive evidence to link burn-pit exposure with the ailments that so many who have been exposed to burn pits are now presenting,” Bishop said. He added that there is a “pretty good body of evidence” that suggests there is a link between exposure and certain illnesses.

And it’s the contradiction between the government’s public stance and anecdotal evidence from veterans—including stories collected on the Burn Pits 360 website—that Tarantino said is a sign that more research needs to be done.

A key focus is trying to determine if metals—which have been linked to cancers—found in the lungs of soldiers returning from Iraq, in particular, are linked to burn pits or dust or both.

“We’re kind of dragging them in kicking and screaming into this,” Tarantino said of the administration. “But we are dragging them.”

This article appears in the July 11, 2014 edition of NJ Daily.

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Congress must act now for our veterans. The Veterans Affairs recent scandal has excited Veterans Organizations all across the Country demanding resolve of the atrocities noted in that scandal for poor leadership and mismanagement of VA medical centers nationwide. Investigative reports continue to show there is more then meets the eye. Deaths of veterans waiting for medical attention for months on end. Illness’s that that have worsened due to lack of attention. Our Congress and Senate and President Obama are on the band wagon wanting answers. Why did they not take action many years ago when they received complaints from veterans? It was known well over a decade ago about mistreatment. Those complaints fell upon unhearing ears, now we have needless deaths that could have been prevented and illnesses that could have been better treated. America has some of the finest medical resources in the world, but to put those resources to work for our veterans cost dollars, is it cheaper to bury a veteran then to provide proper medical care for those who fought for our Freedom?

There is an active House Bill HR-543, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Agent Orange Act. There are 210 co-sponsors, we need 218 co-sponsors to get this Bill out of committee to the House Floor. This Bill will become a milestone toward providing equitable VA benefits for thousands of veterans, saving lives and provide better quality of life. I urge all Americans contact their members of Congress, those who have not done so to become co-sponsors of this important legislation, it will also lead to other legislation for veterans.
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By: John J. Bury, U.S. Navy, retired, advocate for veterans
Media, Pa.

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So if you are keeping score, at this point it’s Justin: 1, Monsanto: 0.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article where I not only compared the mega-corporation to Nazis, but I also called them evil geniuses who: “took a break from counting their money to poison you.” For anyone who just thought: “Gee, that’s harsh,” you might want to strap in for what is going to be a fun-filled super-slam festival of epic proportions …

Now in my first article I talked specifically about the GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) situation that Monsanto is perpetrating against humanity and the planet. Long story short, back in the 80s Monsanto started developing seeds that were genetically modified to be resistant to things like pesticides and herbicides as a way to, according to their multi-million advertising campaign: “End World Hunger.” So basically, they claimed that unless you get over your aversion to eating something cooked up in a lab and sprayed with some of the most toxic stuff known to man, kids in Third World countries will die.

So if ending hunger is at the heart of their intentions, they must give the seeds away for free right? Nope. In fact, they went a couple of steps further. First they made the plants sterile, so that farmers have to buy them again the next year, instead of planting natural seed from the previously harvested crops. Then they found a way to make the plants basically “grow themselves to death.” According to Emma Must from the World Development Movement, “by peddling suicide seeds, the biotechnology multinationals will lock the world’s poorest farmers into a new form of genetic serfdom.” Another fun little side effect of GMOs is a cool trick called “drift”, where the run-off from their herbicide-resistant seeds makes its way to a natural crop and kills it. Like in 2012, herbicide sprayed in the San Joaquin Valley of California drifted and damaged cotton fields as far as 100 miles away.

That’s part of the reason why on May 24th, I will be joining the March Against Monsanto.

MAM is “a global call to action aimed at informing the public, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically modified foods and demanding that GMO products be labeled so that consumers can make informed decisions.” The movement is aimed at:



-Protecting our food supply, local farms and environment
-Promoting organic solutions
-Exposing cronyism between big business and the government

The fight against GMOs is going global, and if you want to find out what you can do to get involved, please check out the March Against Monsanto website.

Now the last time I talked about Monsanto and GMOs, an employee from Monsanto showed up to comment on my claims, and made a 3-4 hour attempt at discrediting what I had to say. So, to be fair, So, to be fair, I’ll quote One of March Against Monsanto’s International Directors  about the whole situation:

“If we continue to think that the fight against Monsanto is only about GMOs, we have already lost.”

-Kelly L. Derricks, president and co-founder of the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, and March against Monsanto’s Agent Orange Education Director

Guess what? She’s got a point. When it comes to harming humans, Monsanto has been at it for over 100 years …

Let’s fire up the Monsanto Poison Train and head back down the track to 1901 when they created Saccharin. Originally it was sold as an artificial sweetener for the Coca-Cola company and the canned food industry. So what’s the big deal with Saccharin? It’s made from coal tar. The FDA questioned the effects of Saccharin since 1907 and the FDA’s very first director said “He thought he was eating sugar, when in point of fact he was eating a coal tar product totally devoid of food value and extremely injurious to health.” Remember, that was 107 years ago. In the 70s any product with Saccharin was required to have a warning label, but with deep, deep pockets, 30 or so years later, Monsanto managed to get the requirement for the label removed. Apparently, letting people know that your product was made from coal tar and caused cancer in lab rats was bad for sales.

Next stop on board the Monsanto Poison Train is the 1940s, where having apparently gotten bored with the coal-tar additive business, Monsanto switched to the oil-based plastics game. Thanks to their efforts, we now have polystyrene, or as it is lovingly known: Styrofoam. Harming people wasn’t bad enough; they had to give us a good old-fashioned environmental disaster made from non-renewable resources that is basically indestructible. Thanks, guys!

Moving forward on the Poison Train, we come to a nice combination of devastating environmental impact and human health decline. The 1960s and the war in Vietnam brought us Agent Orange, which was at one time called “perhaps the most toxic molecule ever synthesized by man,” by Yale biologist Arthur Galston. The U.S. military used and estimated 18 -20 million gallons of Agent Orange over 9 years in an attempt to kill the dense jungle that apparently made fighting a political war a little too much to handle. Even after admitting that they were aware of the lethality of the toxic cocktail which included the deadly dioxin, Dr. James R. Clary, a former government scientist with the Chemical Weapons Branch said,” … because the material was to be used on the ‘enemy,’ none of us were overly concerned.” Considering that 4.8 million people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disfigurements, and 500,000 babies born with birth defects, not to mention the American soldiers that were exposed, which is still to this day, an unknown number, a little concern would have gone a long way.

Take GMOs out of the equation, and there is still a legacy of destruction and greed on a scale that rivals a James Bond super-villain. A legacy that spans a century. Again, I encourage you to check out the March Against Monsanto and COVVHA websites and get involved in your community’s events. It’s time that people realize that these companies almost never have your interests at heart, or the planet’s for that matter. Your wallet however is always at the forefront of their intentions. It’s time that, through education and activism, we take it back out of their hands.

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On May 24, the eyes of the world, save for the mainstream media, will be on the grassroots revolution that is known as March Against Monsanto. Their semi-annual event will take place on this day, and the world will be responding with peaceful protests.



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In St. Louis, eyes may finally see the world of March Against Monsanto from behind a lens, as this is Monsanto’s headquarters, and peaceful doesn’t play out both ways. Law enforcement in St. Louis is bound and determined that the rights of those protesting are stripped away, and the cops are often known to become belligerent and use force to intimidate the protesters.Among those protesters, throughout the world, will be members of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. They are there to ensure the world understands that the March Against Monsanto is about much more than a “food revolution.”

Most people do not realize that the start, and hopefully end of Monsanto, was food based, but includes much, much more. Saccharin was the poison that started it all in 1901, and GMOs were started in the 1980′s, although not finding widespread use immediately. Monsanto also made many other poisonous chemicals, including DDT, PCB, Agent Orange, and more. For those of us that have been adversely affected by the multilateral poisoning of Agent Orange, we are in this against Monsanto due to the fact we are taking a stand against a mass murder who’s been allowed to kill for 113 years.

We, as children of Vietnam Veterans, implore you not to just head to March Against Monsanto for a food revolution, but also to stand against legal serial killings and genocide.

Monsanto must be stopped before more innocent babies are born dying from their poisons, before more lives are lost by their next “miracle” toxin. Stand with us or die with them!

“If we fail to realize that March Against Monsanto is not about GMOs alone, then we have already lost the battle.” Kelly L. Derricks

© Heather Pontruff - 2014 Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance All Rights Reserved

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On October 12, 2013 COVVHA joined MAM for the second global March Against Monsanto. Several cities that participated in the day’s events hosted guest speakers from COVVHA’s own private membership base to rise up and publicly share their personal experiences about Agent Orange.

Kelly L. Derricks, President and Co-Founder, of COVVHA and March Against Monsanto’s Agent Orange Awareness Program Director talks about the progress the movement has made in this video.

Join March Against Monsanto, on May 24, 2014, around the globe for the one year anniversary of the movements first event.  To find a city hosting an event near you, click here. Many COVVHA speakers will be attending events again to educate about Agent Orange and the struggles faced by the children of Vietnam Veterans.  Kelly will be the Agent Orange guest speaker at the Lancaster Pa. event location.


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COVVHA member, Dawn Piercy, speaks out and shares her story about her family’s battle with Agent Orange. 

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On October 2, 2013, COVVHA President and Co-Founder, Kelly L. Derricks, attended VVA’s national Town Hall Meeting Held at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The video below is Kelly’s Finale Speech.

“If we continue to think that the fight against Monsanto is only about GMO’s, we have already lost.” ~ KLD



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If You would like to watch Kelly’s Family Panel Speech, Click Here http://youtu.be/8uW5xSKPp_4

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The impact of health issues on the nation’s veterans will in time confront our children and grandchildren in the form of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

The greatest threat to public health is genetically modified organism (GMO) plant production by Monsanto Company (Agent Orange and Bt cotton) and Pfizer, Inc. (Zyklon B. Holocaust gas). Both have research facilities in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta to produce GMO’s.

Our nation’s veterans suffered from the impact of Agent Orange for years before the Veterans Administration acknowledged causation of toxic exposure to dioxin, a defoliant used in Vietnam to kill the jungle like conditions that provided cover for the enemy. The herbicide utilized two chemicals–2, 4-D and 2, 4, 5-T that was linked to a variety of health disorders: headaches, liver and blood disorders, nerve damage, cancer.

Now we know that veterans, who served in Vietnam and were exposed to Agent Orange, had their DNA mutated by exposure to herbicides, and unknowingly passed on genetic mutations to their unborn. Interesting enough the male and female veterans may have children born with spina bifida, but the woman veteran exposed to dioxin may have child with a whole host of different medical conditions supporting genetic mutation.

With this history now well defined the Agent Orange Benefits Act, was passed in 1996 to provide benefits for Vietnam veterans’ children who were born with spina bifida, as a result of Agent Orange exposure.

These benefits include lifetime health care services for children with spina bifida


and “any disability associated” with spina bifida, a monthly monetary allowance ranging from $200.00-$1,200.00, and Veterans Affairs (VA) vocational training/rehabilitation services.

Read More: Veterans health today, our children and grandchildren tomorrow? http://www.scribd.com/doc/214179754/Veterans-health-today-our-children-and-grandchildren-tomorrow

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The “NEW” Lessons from an Old War, do not Include Agent Orange, According to University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College Panelists



When something is just to good to be true and it usually is. The University of Pittsburgh held a college honors program, March 4th, called Vietnam: New Lessons  from an Old War, a Half Century On. The speakers were Senator Bob Kerrey, Vietnam Veteran and former governor of Nebraska, Peter Arnett, from New Zealand, he won a Pulitzer prize for his journalism during the war, Thomas Vallely, the former director of Harvard’s Vietnam Project and Vietnam Veteran. Laura Palmer, reporter during the Vietnam War and author, and lastly,  historian Edward Miller, an expert on Vietnam and an associate professor at Dartmouth College.

I was interested in how those who were in the thick of the Vietnam War have processed what they went through as a young adult. I was also very interested in hearing panel members talk about the chemical defoliant the U.S. used in Vietnam to kill the jungle and decimate crops. The D.O.D. sprayed over 19 million gallons of herbicide  on south Vietnam. The herbicide manufactured by seven different chemical companies were contaminated with dioxin. The dioxin in the herbicide, poisoned drinking water, and food.

Agent Orange has left a permanent mark on Vietnam Veterans and their families.  It has also destroyed the environment and people’s lives in Vietnam. Vietnam Veterans are dying quickly. Their children and grandchildren have been begging the government to take seriously their claims of devastating chronic illnesses and birth defects they say have been caused by their father’s exposure. Even with the explosion of epigenetics their cries for help falls on deaf ears.

The second floor ballroom was packed with well over two hundred people. Thirty people were milling about in the standing room only section. I pushed through the crowd and slid down along the back wall just before the event began.  As my Vietnam Veteran father taught me, not through words, but through action, whenever I’m in the crowd, I have to be aware of my surroundings. I scanned the crowd, lots of college kids who were probably forced by some professor to come, who wouldn’t even bother attending themselves, a few journalists, many baby boomers, some academic types, and several Vietnam Veterans. I have Vietnam Veteran vision; they do not have to wear their Vietnam Veteran ball cap (though many were) for me to spot them. They are usually the sixty something men who look a bit haggard, even sickly, who are maybe walking with a cane, or have a Parkinson’s tremor, they look wise beyond their years and tonight, they looked hopeful. I also checked for my escape route “just in case.”

Even though Agent Orange took my Father’s life sixteen years ago it is his actions that I learned from. My father genuinely cared for others who were veterans in need. He would drive Vets to V.A. to get care. He served as Commander in the D.A.V. several times in his town’s chapter. He became an agent Orange Activist after I was born with multiple birth defects. While his  desire to be there for others drove him out of his PTSD symptoms at times, ultimately he became very sick. My father had emergency bypass surgery on his heart at age 38, five arteries were clogged at the time was a fit laborer in a steel mill. He had a 50/50 shot of surviving the surgery. He did. He went on to develop diabetes at age 40, at 48, he had a stroke, and at age 50 he died of a massive heart attack.

A Vietnam veteran in the row in front of me offered me his chair since I was standing; I declined and thanked him as the program began. The first go around through the panel was to be a three to four minute response to quickly introduce themselves and their connection to the Vietnam War. Peter Arnett was first to respond. He relayed the fact he was an Associated Press Journalist from 1962 to 1975. He then launched into a prepared diatribe beginning with the biggest downfall of the American Military during the Vietnam War. In Mr. Arnett’s opinion, American Military didn’t know their adversary. Rule number one, “Know your Adversary.” He went on to explain, the US believed by shear military force and by reputation, America thought they would be successful in Vietnam. The downfall being, the U.S. did not have any allies in the war who understood Vietnam, Australia was our only true allies and they had little or no understanding of Vietnam either. No one knew who the enemy truly was, Arnett explained. He suggested if the U.S. would have gone to the French for advice they could have done a better job. From my vantage point, I started to see Vietnam Veterans shift uncomfortably in their seats.

Senator Bob Kerrey was next to speak, he downplayed his military service stating he took a free physical and ended up volunteering for the Navy. What he failed to mention was he wasn’t just any other sailor, he was a Navy Seal.  There was no mention of his swift boat patrol which he led into a village in Thanh Phong, where his platoon killed innocents because they believed they were Viet Cong. He didn’t explain, he was brought up on having committed war crimes in 2002 by the Vietnamese. He didn’t talk about the controversy that swirled as these charges were brought up. People  were outraged a suspected war criminal held a position as College President at The New School, in New York. He didn’t talk about how he lost part of his leg later in combat.  Unless the young college students in the crowd had done some research, there is no way they would have known the extent of his Vietnam War history.

What Senator Kerrey did share was after he was home; he worked to oppose the war. He stated it is not easy to make peace happen.  He credited the U.S. for normalizing relations with Vietnam in the 1990’s when it would have been just as easy to forget about Vietnam.  I believe there were a lot of Vietnam Veterans who were there to see Senator Kerrey.

The Vietnam Veterans in the crowd were disappointed. There is so much he could have shared about the lessons he personally learned from his time in Vietnam. So much real life angst and trauma he endured and afflicted. There was such an opportunity for him to connect with other veterans who were there because he was there, to help them move on, and move through. They wanted to know someone understood their own anguish.

I would never expect a man of his stature to break down in front of a crowd, or to totally bear his soul, but SOMETHING. There were zero attempts to connect with the Veterans in the crowd. At one point later in the program, a question was asked about whether the draft should be reinstated.  Senator Kerrey quickly responded “No.” He stated the all volunteer military has moved us into professional soldiers. He summarized, while their tours are long, and not as many civilians feel a connection with the military, we need to respect them, but also not glorify them too much.

The next panelist that interested me was Laura Palmer. Laura shared how in a twisted set of events, she ended up in Vietnam as one of the youngest female reporters reporting in Vietnam. She focused a lot on journalism and how she ended up leaving Vietnam the Day Saigon fell. She was very nostalgic for her time in Vietnam. I felt she tried to connect with the audience more than the others. She gave a riveting tale of her last moments in Saigon. Her notoriety came from her account of evacuating Saigon by helicopter.

Laura, plugged her book about the Vietnam Wall, but did mention to the audience war not only affects the Veteran but the families as well. I thought things were looking up. When asked about the parallels between the current military conflicts and Vietnam she responded that she just doesn’t understand why the public isn’t outraged by the epidemic of suicides of our veterans. She also stated that we need to do more to recognize all the Vietnam veterans who ended their lives prematurely by suicide while the V.A. made veterans go it alone, unlike today’s efforts to protect our emotionally wounded warriors. She stated so many Vietnam Veterans have died of suicide, if the National Park service were to add their names to the Wall; the Wall would stretch to Virginia.

I have say I have done my own research over the years, “Twenty two veterans die every day from  suicide,”  is a popular quote, but according to the VA’s 2010 report 68% of the Veteran’s completed suicide are committed by males with an average age of fifty or older. Another opportunity was missed by a panelist. She could have connected the past to the present. A strong lesson in proper mental health care for ALL VETERANS no matter the era in which a veteran served could have been stressed. A plea for Vietnam Veterans, who are still struggling with the aftermath of their service, to get the free mental health services they are eligible for through the V.A. could have been made.  Instead she mourned her time in Saigon, her “hometown” as she put it.

Between speakers Vietnam veterans, started leaving. I saw it. They tried to not show their frustration, but for someone like me who was watching, it was very sad. It started in trickles but more and more would leave as the question and answer session continued.

Audience members were asked to submit questions for the panel. I had written two in hopes one would be answered. Neither of mine were chosen by the moderator. Most of the questions asked dealt specifically with Vietnam as a country, is Vietnam now more capitalist then communist?  Was Ho Chi Minh a communist or a Nationalist? Lots of questions in regards to journalism were asked, not surprising, as the moderator is himself the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  More Vietnam Veterans escaped.

Mr.  Arnett escaped himself, into two other prepared ten minute diatribes, and the historian Edward Miller, plugged his research, himself, and his book. Mr. Vallely did not speak much at all.  I held out hope my questions would be asked right until the very end. I looked around in disgust, as I knew; the program was drawing to a close. The veteran who had offered me a seat was gone.

Could this really still happen? Could the “New” Lessons from an old War, not include the irresponsible use of herbicide, also known as Agent Orange? A two and a half hour forum such as this and not a single mention of the ill that is killing Vietnam Veterans quicker than any other Veteran era has faced? The issue that is on the minds of Vietnam Veterans and their families was not even alluded to. Not a single utterance of herbicide, or Agent Orange. Surprisingly, not even the Vietnamese struggle with the aftermath of herbicide was mentioned. It was as if it didn’t exist, just like Senator Kerrey’s admittance that he was a Navy Seal. The panel closed and the moderator thanked everyone. He mentioned folks could still make it home to see the Arizona game on TV, and that was the end.

As the crowd filed out, I decided to go and talk to some of the panelist.  I spoke with Senator Kerrey, I gave him my card and quickly told him about our organization, Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance.  I told him about my dad and my birth defects and how many kids of male vets are suffering and are not recognized for the same birth defects that are covered in the children of women Vietnam Veterans. His response, “I didn’t know so many were out there. “ My response, “Now you do, please put us on your radar. “

Journalism college students were no match for me, I maneuvered my way around and was assertive, until I was able to speak with Laura Palmer. I had the most hope for my conversation with her. After all, during the panel she mentioned children, wives and families. I basically wanted to introduce myself and say “thank you,” for mentioning the struggles of military families. I gave her my card and introduced myself, told her briefly about my story.

She stopped me mid sentence and said, “I am not reporting anymore.”

Shocked I said,” I just wanted to thank you for mentioning families.”

She replied, “There are a lot of journalists here, like people from the Post Gazette. I am no longer reporting.”

I said,” I don’t need a reporter, I just wanted to introduce myself, thank you for mentioning the families.”

“Oh, Ok, you’re welcome,” she said, nervously.

With that, I left. I felt numb. I wanted to scream, but there is no energy to scream anymore. I wanted to cry, but there are definitely, no tears.

The “NEW” Lessons from and Old War, taught tonight were (don’t get excited they aren’t new):

  • Vietnam was an unpopular war.
  • If we pretend Vietnam Veterans don’t exist we can rewrite history the way we want it viewed.
  • War is violent and people don’t like to admit their involvement.
  • We can try as hard as we can to do “good” in the country we engaged in war with, it doesn’t change the fact we were at war with them and they with us.
  • Some people had exciting adventures during the Vietnam War. They built their careers while soldiers and civilians died.
  • We don’t want to glorify the soldier, because then you are promoting war (Total B.S.).
  • Agent Orange? What is that? Huh? Never heard of it.

One thing I will take away from this evening is Peter Arnett’s, quip, “Know your adversary. Tonight I watched our Vietnam Veterans shrink away slowly from the familiar pain of disapproval. How many more times do the lessons from an “Old” war have to repeat and be reinforced in their lives by people who should know to do things differently?

Heather A. Bowser © 2014 (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC. All rights reserved.

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On October 2, 2013, COVVHA President and Co-Founder, Kelly L. Derricks, attended VVA’s national Town Hall Meeting Held at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The video below is Kelly’s Family Panel speech.  The evening panel video with Kelly will be released next week.

“If we continue to think that the fight against Monsanto is only about GMO’s, we have already lost.” ~ KLD



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Heather A. Bowser Stands Feet Away From Okinawa Grounds In Question November 2013

Heather A. Bowser Stands Feet Away From Okinawa Grounds In Question
November 2013

Nearly 1 month ago, COVVHA Co-Founder, Heather A. Bowser, caused quite a stir after she wrote a “Letter To The Editor” warning parents of dangerous secrets being hidden only feet away from where their children play.  In an article titled “Dioxin Threatening School Grounds” Bowser pieces together the trail of buried lies in this graphic http://covvha.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Dioxin1.jpg.

Today, in a new article by Jon Mitchell, the story continues….

Kadena moms demand truth

by Jon Mitchell

Six months ago, dangerous levels of dioxin were discovered near two U.S. Department of Defense schools on Okinawa Island — but only now are many service members based there learning the full extent of the contamination.

Parents whose children attend the potentially poisoned facilities at Kadena Air Base claim the Pentagon has failed to inform them of the risks or investigate whether the pollution extends onto the school ground. Many are accusing the military authorities of endangering their children’s health and now they have formed a group to demand answers.

The focus of parents’ fears are the playing fields of Bob Hope Primary School and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, facilities operated by the Department of Defense for the children of U.S. service members.

Last June, construction workers unearthed more than 20 chemical barrels on civilian land bordering the schools.

Following tests the following month, the barrels were found to contain high concentrations of dioxin, a substance that can cause cancer, immune system damage and developmental problems in children. In nearby soil, dioxin levels measured 8.4 times the legal limit, while water peaked at 280 times the level considered safe. The land had once belonged to the adjacent air base but was returned to civilian use in 1987.

“Knowing that the base has probably been aware of this situation for many months, I feel very angry. I cannot imagine what could justify their decision to withhold this information from us parents. I believe they were morally and ethically obliged to warn us of the possible threat to our children,” Jannine Myers, the mother of a 10-year old girl attending Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, told The Japan Times.

Myers first heard about the contamination after reading a letter that was published in The Japan Times on Dec. 24 titled “Demand answers about dioxin threat at Okinawa schools.” (www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2013/12/23/voices/demand-answers-about-dioxin-threat-at-okinawa-schools/#.UtkSbCj8820 )

Angered by the authorities’ failure to notify parents and local residents about the possible dangers, Myers created a Facebook group on Jan. 10 named “Bob Hope/AEIS — Protect Our Kids,” in the hopes of persuading base officials to hold a public meeting and explain what action has been taken.

The group currently has more than 130 members with more parents joining everyday.

“If there is a dioxin threat at the schools, it will take an enormous amount of public pressure to a) have the U.S. authorities admit that they are responsible, and b), cause them to clean up this mess and protect our children,” Myers said.

Correspondence between Kadena Air Base officials and the Okinawa Defense Bureau reveals the U.S. authorities were aware of the proximity of the school fields to the chemical dumpsite as early as June.

Documents obtained by The Japan Times detail the bureau’s inquiries to the base immediately following the discovery of the barrels.

In response to these questions into past usage of the land, Kadena officials replied, “Starting in 1980, the area adjacent to the site was used as baseball fields and playgrounds for a nearby elementary school on Kadena Air Base.”

On Tuesday, in response to questions from The Japan Times about whether teachers and parents had been informed of the potential dangers, David Honchul, U.S. Forces Japan director of public affairs, appeared to contradict parents’ claims that they had not been notified. “There have been notices about the excavated drums and leadership at Kadena Air Base have been tracking the issue very closely,” he said by email.

Honchul also sought to reassure worried parents. “Kadena leadership and USFJ will take appropriate measures in accordance with DOD policy should we become aware of any potential substantial impact to human health and safety,” he wrote.

But it seems for many parents, this is too little, too late.

“The moment the knowledge of the barrels being uncovered and the potential for any dioxins to be found were known, every parent of the schools, and every person on Kadena should have been notified. I feel outraged,” Tina Eaton told The Japan Times. Eaton, who often takes her 3-year-old daughter to play on the schools’ fields, worries about the health effects of possible dioxin exposure on her child.

Meanwhile, on the civilian side of the wire, Japanese authorities are continuing to examine the land for further contamination.

Recently they discovered seven more barrels but they have not yet been unearthed. Unlike the nearby on-base land where American children are still allowed to play, the civilian side remains strictly cordoned off to prevent public access.

Among the barrels initially unearthed last June were some marked with the logo of the Dow Chemical Company, one of the leading manufacturers of military defoliants — including Agent Orange — during the Vietnam War. Tests on the barrels revealed the presence of two of Agent Orange’s telltale ingredients: the herbicide 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), and 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodiben-zop-dioxin (TCDD), the most lethal form of dioxin.

Commenting on the results, Katsuhisa Honda, the Ehime University scientist in charge of the study, likened the land to contaminated fields in Vietnam where the Pentagon sprayed millions of liters of Agent Orange in the 1960s.

Despite U.S. military records related to Agent Orange cataloguing a herbicide stockpile at Kadena in 1971, the Pentagon has repeatedly denied it stored such substances on Okinawa Island.

This is not the first time that Kadena Air Base schools have been the focus of public concern.

In 1983, a large quantity of live ammunition was discovered buried beneath the playground of Bob Hope Elementary School.

Recently, a number of high profile environmental concerns have come to light in Okinawa.

Last week, Kyodo published U.S. documents showing the Pentagon conducted dozens of biological weapons tests on the island between 1961 and 1962. Last summer, The Japan Times reported allegations from former U.S. service members that several tons of nerve gas were dumped off the island’s coast in 1969.

Under the current U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, the Pentagon is absolved of all responsibility for environmental damage caused by its bases. However, in December, Washington announced that it would soon negotiate a new Environmental Stewardship Pact with Japan to supplement the current SOFA.

The Pentagon claimed the deal will improve environmental standards on its installations, but skeptics dismissed it as an attempt to placate Okinawans’ anger over plans to build a massive new military complex in the city of Nago.

However, it seems concerns over military pollution at Kadena Air Base has united many on both sides of the fence.

“We need to find out if our kids are at risk. That is the least the U.S. government/military owes us — and owes the people of Okinawa. They do not deserve this lethargic attitude on such a potentially devastating discovery, and neither do we,” Eaton said.

More Info: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/21/national/kadena-moms-demand-truth/#.Ut6WOrROmM

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March Against Monsanto

MONSANTO Kills

This is the story of Agent Orange COVVHA Certified Speaker, Heather Pontruff – Austin Texas, March Against Monsanto October 12, 2013

http://youtu.be/zmNRTw3G20w

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods are being produced in laboratories by the same chemical companies that mass produced Agent Orange. As contractors for the United States Government, Monsanto was the largest and most deadly producer of Agent Orange. Their chemical potency was one thousand (1,000) times greater in deadliness as compared to the other chemical companies producing Agent Orange during the Vietnam War era. Today, half of Agent Orange’s chemical compound, 2, 4,-D, and other pesticides like roundup, are the chemicals being sprayed on GMO (genetically modified organism) crops, resulting in triple the danger of food that is not organic. Imagine what happens to a body already exposed to Agent Orange, like the countless Vietnam Veterans and their children that we at COVVHA advocate for, when consuming these GMO pesticides and foods. In a nutshell, Agent Orange was, in essence, the chicken before the GMO egg. March against Monsanto (MAM) was created by Tami Canal, a stay at home mom from a small town in Utah. She was prompted to take action after her family’s ever rising grocery bill to ensure she wasn’t poisoning her family. Instead of staying angry, she channeled her energy into creating a protest to spread awareness of the atrocities being committed by Monsanto and to encourage boycotts. Her main objective is to ensure the health, longevity and fertility of her daughters, things Monsanto and their GMO poison threaten. (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC. has teamed up with March Against Monsanto and built an Agent Orange Awareness program that will prove to be a long lasting and far reaching campaign within both organizations. On October 12, 2013 COVVHA joined MAM for the second global March Against Monsanto. Several cities that participated in the day’s events hosted guest speakers from COVVHA’s own private membership base to rise up and publicly share their personal experiences about Agent Orange. Their videos are now being provided for the public to watch and will be released over the next few weeks.

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(C) Heather A. Bowser

(C) Heather A. Bowser

To the teachers and parents of children attending Bob Hope Primary School and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa:

My name is Heather Bowser and I am the cofounder and national coordinator of the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Okinawa City where, in June, barrels of an unknown substance were uncovered near your children’s playground.

Have you heard of the discovery? More than 20 chemical drums were found buried on the other side of the fence just past one of your jungle gyms.

Standing near the blue tarps covering the hole from where the barrels were exhumed, my heart ached when I realized its proximity to your schools. I am begging you to demand a full investigation into the toxicity of the land where the schools are built.

There has been lots of speculation about what the barrels once contained. The words “Agent Orange” have even been used. But regardless of what the material in the barrels was, there has been confirmation of TCDD dioxin — independent tests confirmed that the level in nearby water was 840 times safe limits. Have you been told this industrial byproduct has been found less than a football field away from where your children play at recess?

The possible contamination of the ground surrounding your kids’ schools should not be ignored.

In lab tests on animals, dioxin has caused a wide variety of diseases, many of them fatal. Dioxin is not found in nature, but it’s a man-made byproduct of the chemical manufacturing process. Most notably, Agent Orange used in Vietnam was later found to be heavily contaminated with dioxin.

Dioxin is what is responsible for sickening and killing our U.S. Vietnam veterans, Australian Vietnam veterans and of course the Vietnamese. The illnesses presumed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be caused by exposure to dioxin include chronic B-cell leukemias, diabetes mellitus type 2, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer and respiratory cancers — including lung cancer.

Do you know any children already suffering from these illnesses at a really young age? Dioxin exposure could be to blame.

If your children are boys and they have been exposed to dioxin, they have a higher likelihood of having children with neural tube defects like spina bifida. Your future grandchildren do not deserve to carry the burden of negligence. They did not enlist.

Children of Vietnam Veterans has a long history of dealing with our families’ exposure to dioxin. The dioxin they were exposed to was in the chemical herbicides sprayed in Vietnam from 1961 to 1971. We are a group of 20-45-year-olds, many of whom have lost their fathers to illnesses caused by exposure to dioxin.

We have been born with many birth defects and illnesses the government is still ignoring. My mother suffered two miscarriages, and in 1972 I was born two months premature, weighing only 3 lb, 4 oz [1.5 kg]. I was missing my right leg below the knee, several of my fingers, my big toe on my left foot, and my remaining toes were webbed. There was absolutely no history of miscarriages or birth defects in either family. This could be what your children may face when they start their own families.

By age 38, my dad had had five heart bypasses; at 40, he developed diabetes; at 48, he had a stroke; aged 50, he died of a massive heart attack, leaving my mother a young widow.

We do not want anyone to suffer what we as children of Vietnam veterans have gone through, and that is why we are speaking out. We are innocent victims, and our government turns a blind eye to our birth defects.

We are dying; our fathers are dying or have died. Do not allow your family to be added to our dioxin genocide.

Your family deserves to know the truth about possible contamination. If your children have been exposed, they deserve justice and immediate health treatment.

Please research the contamination at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. An investigation found contamination spanned three decades — 30 years of drinking contaminated water.

What are officials doing to ensure your children are not exposed to potential contamination at Bob Hope Primary School and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School? Demand school officials close the playground until the soil can be tested and remediation undertaken if necessary.

Educate yourself on dioxin exposure. Don’t let your children and grandchildren carry this burden.

HEATHER A. BOWSER
Canfield, Ohio
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2013/12/23/voices/demand-answers-about-dioxin-threat-at-okinawa-schools/#.UriI-LSOefY
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Agent Orange And Epigenetics Full Study Includedagent orange dna

Father’s diet may affect offspring’s development, study of mice suggests

Watching what you eat and drink isn’t just for moms-to-be anymore. New scientific evidence suggests that the father’s diet before conception might be just as important to a child’s health.

A study in mice linked nutritional deficiencies in paternal diet to a higher rate of birth defects compared with those whose fathers were fed a normal, well-rounded menu. The findings raise concerns about dads unknowingly passing on harmful traits through molecular markers on the DNA of their sperm.

These epigenetic markers don’t change the genetic information, but rather switch parts of the genome on and off. They are susceptible to environment and diet throughout fetal development, but were thought to be wiped clean before birth. New studies, including the one published online Tuesday in Nature Communications, have revealed that some of them may survive all the way from sperm to baby.

When analyzing the sperm epigenomes of the low-nutrition mice, the researchers found abnormalities in epigenetic markers that affected genes linked to development, neurological and psychological disorders and certain cancers.

“We should be looking carefully at the way a man is living his life,” said study author and reproductive biologist Sarah Kimmins of McGill University. “Environmental exposure is remembered in the developing sperm and transmitted to offspring.”

Since it takes human males about three months to produce fully grown sperm from stem cells, Kimmins speculates that men trying to have children could try cleaning up their diets even temporarily.

“If a man has been living a bad, unhealthy lifestyle, he will not only improve his own health but the health of his offspring,” she said.

Scientists at McGill fed male mice a diet containing less than 15 percent of the recommended amount of folate, otherwise known as vitamin B9. High doses of the nutrient can be found naturally in liver, spinach, brussels sprouts, asparagus and avocados. Kimmins chose folate because it can directly affect the body’s ability to produce epigenetic markers.

In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration started to require makers of grain products to enrich breads, pastas, rice and cereals with folic acid, the synthetic form of B9. Most people in the United States get enough of the vitamin, but some groups such as younger women tend to absorb less of it. Also, being overweight or consuming alcohol can cause the body to metabolize less folate.

Babies of women who don’t get enough folate are more likely to have defects in the neural tube, a structure in embryos that later becomes the brain and spinal cord. While it was known that low folate in males can affect their fertility, these findings show a surprising association with birth defects.

“No one ever thinks of birth defects as coming from the father if they aren’t genetic,” said Kimmins. Instead, the focus tends to be entirely on the mother and what she eats and drinks because of the shared nutrients during pregnancy. “This is becoming a really outdated way of thinking,” she said.

One of every 33 children in the United States is born with a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but most of those have an unknown, nongenetic cause. Some scientists suggest that the inherited layer of epigenetic information could contribute to birth defects.

Kimmins and her colleagues set out to discover whether they could change the information transmitted by sperm without altering the DNA itself, by tweaking only food intake.

Male mice in one group were fed a folate-deficient diet from womb to adulthood, because sperm cells start to form when pups are still in utero. The control male mice, as well as the females that both groups bred with, were kept on normal, well-balanced diets.

The folate-deficient fathers had fertility issues, as expected, and their litters had almost 30 percent more birth defects than the control group’s.

“The birth defects were quite severe: club foot, underdeveloped digits, shortened jaws, webbing of the digits,” Kimmins said. “I didn’t see any of that in the controls.”

When analyzing the sperm epigenome of the mice, researchers found differences between the two groups that affected genes linked to development, the nervous system and cancer.

Kimmins is now working with fertility clinics to gather human data on paternal folate levels, obesity, and the sperm epigenome in order to link them with reproductive success and child health. She expects the results to translate from mice to men, because they are genetically and epigenetically very similar.

Ohio University endocrinologist Felicia Nowak called the study “a very nice piece of the transgenerational epigenetic puzzle.”

Nowak’s preliminary results on mice fed high-fat diets reinforce the importance of dads-to-be watching what they eat. Male mice who noshed on too many fatty foods fathered heavier pups with higher percentages of body fat compared with their low-fat-diet counterparts, even though all the pups were kept on the same healthy diet.

By Meeri Kim, Published: December 14 E-mail the writerThis Article Originally Appeared In The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fathers-diet-may-affect-offsprings-development-study-of-mice-suggests/2013/12/14/006834a8-644e-11e3-91b3-f2bb96304e34_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines

Agent Orange Paternal Epigenetics

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Agent OrangeAgent Orange Holiday Grief
This holiday season will be the first one Virginia Partain will spend without her husband, Jim, since they married in 2004. Jim, a veteran who was exposed to the carcinogenic herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, died in May after a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma—or bone-marrow cancer—at age 67…..

Agent Orange the Grieving Season

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Agent Orange – Okinawa

Okinawa

Workers examine barrels unearthed from the site of a former U.S. military base in Okinawa, in this July 2, 2013 file photo. (Photo courtesy of Ryukyu Shimpo)

OKINAWA — An environmentalist here has voiced concerns that a controversial state secrets bill might enable the government to hide the truth behind environmental pollution, such as highly toxic dioxins at the site of a former United States military base in Okinawa that may have originated from Agent Orange defoliant.

“When land is returned, will information on pollution be designated a secret because it ‘deals with diplomacy or defense?’ If that happens, even though pollution affects the health of people and the environment, we won’t be able to look into the issue,” warns Masami Kawamura, director of the Citizens’ Network for Biodiversity in Okinawa, which has investigated the existence of Agent Orange in Okinawa.

The dioxins were found in barrels unearthed from a soccer field here on property that was formerly part of the U.S. military’s Kadena base. The base land was returned to Japan in 1987. All the turf on the field has now been removed. A woman who was cleaning a park nearby noted that the field was often used for matches.

“It’s worrying because there were many children there,” she said.

The barrels were uncovered when field’s turf was being relayed on June 13. The barrels bore the name of the Dow Chemical Company, which made Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War. A total of 26 barrels have been uncovered. Agent Orange is said to have caused many deformities in children born in areas where it was used. The defoliant’s dioxins are considered to be the main cause.

According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, the land where the barrels were found was created by filling in a valley, and the barrels may have been dumped there before the work commenced.

Both the bureau and the Okinawa Municipal Government investigated the barrels and found dioxin levels in excess of the national environmental limit. However, while the city government listed Agent Orange as a possible cause of the dioxins, the defense bureau was more reserved, saying that the dioxins could have come from weed killers.

While former U.S. soldiers and others have said in the past that Agent Orange was brought onto Okinawan soil, neither the U.S. nor Japanese governments have acknowledged it.

“It is revolutionary that the city conducted its own investigation at a time when the national government was possibly trying to play down the situation,” says Kawamura.

Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera visited the field in September and said to Okinawa Mayor Mitsuko Tomon, “We’d like to return the land to its former state in a transparent manner.” The Defense Ministry began magnetic surveying and other follow-up investigations of the site, while the Okinawa Municipal Government plans further investigations of its own.

In the meantime, Kawamura is worried where the special state secrets protection bill is headed. The bill lists four areas in which documents can be designated secret: defense, diplomacy, prevention of specific damaging activities (espionage, etc.), and prevention of terrorism.

In April, the Abe administration reached an agreement with the United States on the return of six U.S. military facilities and areas south of Kadena Air Base. However, the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement exempts the U.S. from any responsibility to restore returned land to its former state or to pay money for doing so. Japan pays for pollution removal and other such costs.

Daisuke Misawa, head of the Okinawa Defense Bureau section handing the U.S. return of land to Japan, says, “We are not planning on making such reports secret,” but Kawamura remains unsettled.

“I don’t want to oppose the central government, but I want information to be shared so we can move in the right direction, and I think the special state secrets protection bill discourages that,” says Kawamura.

November 23, 2013(Mainichi Japan)

Read More: http://mainichi.jp/graph/2013/11/23/20131123p2a00m0na008000c/001.html

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Agent Orange

Agent Orange Daughters

While the Vietnam War ended decades ago, its effects continue to linger on.  Agent Orange haunts the lives of the people it has touched…..

A War Unending the Vietnam War and Agent Orange
 

http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/a-war-unending-the-vietnam-war-and-agent-orange/?allpages=yes

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Agent Orange

Agent Orange MAM

This is the story of Agent Orange COVVHA Certified Speaker, Courtney Clausen. March Against Monsanto, Michigan.

http://youtu.be/a1oXaSSNEXA

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods are being produced in laboratories by the same chemical companies that mass produced Agent Orange. As contractors for the United States Government, Monsanto was the largest and most deadly producer of Agent Orange. Their chemical potency was one thousand (1,000) times greater in deadliness as compared to the other chemical companies producing Agent Orange during the Vietnam War era.

Today, half of Agent Orange’s chemical compound, 2, 4,-D, and other pesticides like roundup, are the chemicals being sprayed on GMO (genetically modified organism) crops, resulting in triple the danger of food that is not organic. Imagine what happens to a body already exposed to Agent Orange, like the countless Vietnam Veterans and their children that we at COVVHA advocate for, when consuming these GMO pesticides and foods. In a nutshell, Agent Orange was, in essence, the chicken before the GMO egg.

March against Monsanto (MAM) was created by Tami Canal, a stay at home mom from a small town in Utah. She was prompted to take action after her family’s ever rising grocery bill to ensure she wasn’t poisoning her family. Instead of staying angry, she channeled her energy into creating a protest to spread awareness of the atrocities being committed by Monsanto and to encourage boycotts. Her main objective is to ensure the health, longevity and fertility of her daughters, things Monsanto and their GMO poison threaten.

(COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC. has teamed up with March Against Monsanto and built an Agent Orange Awareness program that will prove to be a long lasting and far reaching campaign within both organizations.

On October 12, 2013 COVVHA joined MAM for the second global March Against Monsanto. Several cities that participated in the day’s events hosted guest speakers from COVVHA’s own private membership base to rise up and publicly share their personal experiences about Agent Orange. Their videos are now being provided for the public to watch and will be released over the next few weeks.

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Agent Orange, Okinawa

Agent Orange Okinawa

At the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly in Naha on November 11, Heather Bowser stressed the risk posed by defoliants.

November 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa COVVHA.NETAgent Orange second-generation victim Heather Bowser gave a lecture at the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on November 11. Her late father was a Vietnam War veteran and a victim of the defoliant known as Agent Orange. She was born without a right leg below the knee, the big toe on her left foot and several fingers.

Dioxins have been detected recently in barrels unearthed in a soccer field in Okinawa City. Bowser urged the authorities to carry out health surveys for residents living near bases and for Okinawan workers at the U.S. bases, including those already retired. During the panel discussion that followed the lecture, John Mitchell, a freelance journalist who has interviewed U.S. military veterans who are Agent Orange victims, commented that herbicides were used at least fifteen bases in Okinawa.

Bowser stressed that people who ignore the problem will in effect become accomplices of the U.S. government, adding that nothing will change unless residents take action. She said that Vietnam veterans suffered from serious health issues such as ischemic heart disease, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. She suggested that if such diseases had occurred among a particular age group and in certain regions in Okinawa, it would provide a clue towards proving the storage or use of Agent Orange. The U.S. government has insisted that it did not use Agent Orange in Okinawa, but Bowser warned that residents would be exposed to defoliants forever if they merely waited for the government to change its stance. She recommended that in cooperation with medical institutions, Okinawa set up a desk to provide a consultation service for possible victims of defoliants.

Mitchell criticized the U.S. Department of Defense for hiding the facts about Agent Orange. He said that the U.S. government should tell the truth, and that the contamination of bases is a criminal act against the people of Okinawa.

Today, Bowser serves as the director of International Relations for (COVVHA), Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC., and organization she co-founded with another agent orange survivor and daughter of a late Vietnam Veteran.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey) Read More:http://english.ryukyushimpo.jp/2013/11/19/12249/

 

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Agent Orange Survivor’s Stories

Agent Orange Jodi

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods are being produced in laboratories by the same chemical companies that mass produced Agent Orange.  As contractors for the United States Government, Monsanto was the largest and most deadly producer of Agent Orange.  Their chemical potency was one thousand (1,000) times greater in deadliness as compared to the other chemical companies producing Agent Orange during the Vietnam War era.

Today, half of Agent Orange’s chemical compound, 2, 4,-D, and other pesticides like roundup, are the chemicals being sprayed on GMO (genetically modified organism) crops, resulting in triple the danger of food that is not organic. Imagine what happens to a body already exposed to Agent Orange, like the countless Vietnam Veterans and their children that we at COVVHA advocate for, when consuming these GMO pesticides and foods. In a nutshell, Agent Orange was, in essence, the chicken before the GMO egg.

March against Monsanto (MAM) was created by Tami Canal, a stay at home mom from a small town in Utah. She was prompted to take action after her family’s ever rising grocery bill to ensure she wasn’t poisoning her family. Instead of staying angry, she channeled her energy into creating a protest to spread awareness of the atrocities being committed by Monsanto and to encourage boycotts. Her main objective is to ensure the health, longevity and fertility of her daughters, things Monsanto and their GMO poison threaten.

(COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC.  has teamed up with March Against Monsanto and built an Agent Orange Awareness program that will prove to be a long lasting and far reaching campaign within both organizations.

On October 12, 2013 COVVHA joined MAM for the second global March Against Monsanto. Several cities that participated in the day’s events hosted guest speakers from COVVHA’s own private membership base to rise up and publicly share their personal experiences about Agent Orange. Their videos are now being provided for the public to watch and will be released over the next few weeks.

This is the story of Agent Orange COVVHA Certified Speaker, Jodi Ausland, Tampa Florida

 http://youtu.be/isvGsXzUQks

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