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GRANDCHILDREN OF VIETNAM VETERANS, THIRD GENERATION, AGENT ORANGE DIOXIN BIRTH DEFECTS & HEALTH ISSUES
Agent Orange In Grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans www.covvha.net

We have compiled a list of 162 reported illnesses that the biological Grand-Children of Vietnam Veterans are suffering from to try and find common threads. There have been no official claims that anything on this list has been proven to be caused by Agent Orange/Dioxin unless otherwise noted in the information below. If your child is suffering from any illness not listed, please email us at COVVHA@GMAIL.COM This list has been updated as of October 1, 2013.

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1. 16p deletion in DNA:
2. Abdominal Migraines
3. Abdominal Scar Tissue Growth
4. Alopecia Universalis
5. Allergies- Food, Milk, Meds, Gluten, Seasonal, Severe, ETC
6. Allergic Rhinitis AKA Hay Fever
7. Amblyopia AKA Lazy Eye
8. Anal Fistula
9. Anemia
10. Anencephaly
11. Anger Problems
12. Anxiety
13. Apraxia of Limb
14. Apraxia of Speech
15. Arthritis
16. Asperger’s Syndrome
17. Asthma
18. Attention Deficit Disorder
19. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
20. Atypical Tuberculosis (Not Regular Tuberculosis)
21. Auditory Processing Disorder
22. Autism Spectrum Disorder
23. Autoimmune Problems
24. Beckwith–Weidemann Syndrome
25. Bedwetting
26. Bicuspid Aortic Stenosis
27. Bilateral Retinoblastoma
28. Bipolar Disorder AKA Bipolar Affective Disorder, Manic-Depressive Disorder, or Manic Depression
29. Blood Clotting Issues
30. Borderline Personality Disorder
31. Born with One Kidney
32. Bowel Obstruction
33. Celiac Disease
34. Cellulitis
35. Chest Pain: Undefined
36. (Chronic) Bronchitis
37. Chronic Ear Infections
38. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
39. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease AKA Emphysema
40. Cleft Palate
41. Clubbed Thumb
42. Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV) AKA Club Foot
43. Congenital Hypothyroidism
44. Constipation AKA Costiveness AKA Dyschezia AKA Trouble moving Bowels
45. Crohn’s Disease AKA Crohn’s Syndrome AKA Regional Enteritis
46. Cystic Hygroma
47. Cysts
48. Deafness
49. Deformed Baby Teeth
50. Depression
51. Developmental Delay
52. Dual AV Node In Heart
53. Dyslexia
54. Eczema
55. Edwards Syndrome
56. Ehler’s- Danlos Syndrome AKA Cutis Hyperelastica
57. Emotional Problems
58. Endometriosis
59. Enlarged Adenoids
60. Enlarged Tonsils
61. Failure to Thrive (Difficulty Gaining Weight)
62. Fibromyalgia
63. Fine Motor Aphasia
64. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
65. Gross Motor Aphasia
66. Headaches
67. Hearing Aids (Both Ears)
68. Hearing Loss
69. Heart Murmur
70. High Blood Pressure AKA Hypertension
71. High Cholesterol AKA Hypercholesterolemia
72. Hip Dysplasia
73. Hirsutism AKA Frasonism (Female facial hair)
74. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
75. Hole in Heart
76. Holoprosencephaly (Lobar)
77. Hydrocephalus
78. Hydronephrosis AKA Enlarged Kidney
79. Hyperflexability in the Joints AKA Hypermobility in the Joints
80. Hypospadias
81. Hypovitaminosis D AKA Vitamin D Deficiency
82. Idiopathic Thrombocytic Purpura (ITP)
83. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
84. Insomnia AKA Trouble Sleeping AKA Sleeplessness
85. Idiopathic Thrombocytic Purpura (ITP)
86. Keratosis Pilaris (KP) AKA Chicken Skin
87. Kidney Problems
88. Kyphosis
89. Learning Disability, Non Specific
90. Leg and Hip Problems at Birth
91. Low Birth Weight
92. Lupus AKA Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
93. Metabolic Syndrome
94. Migraines
95. Minimal Separation of Left Renal Collecting System
96. Missing Teeth
97. Moody
98. Neural Tube Defects
99. Night Terrors
100. Nosebleeds AKA Epistaxis
101. Obesity
102. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
103. One Testicle That is Smaller Than the Other One
104. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
105. Osteoporosis
106. Overall Weak Immune System
107. Past Urinary Problems
108. Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) (Form of Autism)
109. Peeling Finger/ Toe Nails
110. Pericardial Cyst On Heart
111. Photosensitivity
112. Pica
113. Plagiocephaly
114. Poland Syndrome, Undiagnosed
115. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
116. Poor Hand/Eye Coordination
117. Potty Training Problems
118. Premature Birth
119. Primary Teeth Retention- Causes Crooked and Crowded Teeth
120. Prone to Vericocele/ Hydracele
121. Prune Belly Syndrome
122. Psoriasis
123. Pulmonary Stenosis
124. Pyloric Stenosis
125. Radial Dysphasia of the Wrist
126. Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy
127. Retinoblastoma AKA Cancer of the Retina
128. Ruptured Ear Drums
129. Scoliosis
130. Seizures
131. Sensitive Skin
132. Sensory Processing Disorder/ Dysfunction of Sensory Integration
133. Severe Colic
134. Sickle Cell Anemia
135. Sinusitis
136. Skin Problems
137. Sleep Apnea
138. Snoring
139. Social Anxiety Disorder
140. Speech Disorder, Articulation
141. Spinal Muscular Atrophy
142. Spine is Blunt at the Bottom
143. Stickler Syndrome
144. Stomach Pain: Undefined
145. Teeth Growing in Crooked
146. Thoracic Kyphosis
147. Tibial Torsion
148. Ticks
149. Torticollis AKA Wry Neck
150. Tourette’s Syndrome
151. Two Uteruses
152. Type One Diabetes
153. Umbilical Hernia (At Birth)
154. Urinary Tract Infection AKA Bladder Infections
155. Vacterl Syndrome (Born without an Anus)
156. Ventricular Septial Defect
157. Viral Meningitis
158. Von Willebrand Disease
159. Warts
160. Weak Baby Teeth
161. Weak Enamel In/On Teeth
162. Weird Skin Rashes

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Agent Orange Video

Agent Orange Kelly L. Derricks

Kelly L. Derricks
COVVHA Co-Founder

COVVHA Co-founder, Kelly L. Derricks (Truth Teller) speaks about Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance and Agent Orange.  September 10, 2013 at the Doylestown VFW.  Click HERE watch more of COVVHA’s Agent Orange videos on YouTube.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6dz7N3ZZu4&feature=share&list=UUMsqSUpw5x45WJWvHUfha4w

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The World According To Monsanto Full Length Video

The World According To Monsanto Full Length Video

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Simply Put, this is one of the best movies out there. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it. Many people have seen it more than once. Many people also ask what the best way is to help get through to people who just “Don’t Get It”. This is a sure fire way to get their attention.

There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it — it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.


Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.

The World According To Monsanto Video:

http://youtu.be/wRrTXZkDAjo

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Dark Matters Season 3 Episode 1, Agent Orange – The Accidental Inventor
Synopsis: A chemical that speeds up the flowering process in soybeans turns into a weapon during Vietnam.
Original air date: November 22, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw8OS925lUY



Dark Matters: Twisted But True is a television series featured on the Science Channel. Hosted by actor John Noble of Fringe and Lord of the Rings, the show takes the viewer inside the laboratory to profile strange science and expose some of history’s most bizarre experiments. This show uses narration and reenactments to portray the stories in this show

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Agent Orange – Turkish Protesters Hijack Agent Orange for Increased Media Coverage
Official COVVHA Report 

Agent Orange Turkey COVVHA.NET
Heather A. Bowser, LPCC
COVVHA Co-Founder

What is more frightening than the thought of being intentionally poisoned by someone in authority over you? Perhaps, offspring being born with devastating birth defects, learning disorders, or rare illnesses?  Maybe dying of horrible cancers, heart conditions, or complications of Parkinson’s Disorder? These are not merely frightening thoughts to those exposed to Agent Orange; it is reality, life and death.

Over the weekend, there were wide reports coming from Turkey that police were using Agent Orange on protesters as a form of crowd control. Social media, especially Twitter became ablaze with re-tweets calling foul to this form of force by Turkish police on people who were trying to protest unrest within Turkey.  Social media accounts of the violence fueled more protesters to join the throng. Rampant reports of police using tear gas and high force water cannons to dissipate the crowd were coupled with images.

Agent Orange advocates and founders of (COVVHA) Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC. Kelly L. Derricks & Heather A. Bowserfelt after researching media reports about the incident in Turkey, it was important keep the dialog about Agent Orange set in fact and not fiction. COVVHA is fighting for justice for all generational victims of Agent Orange. It is a difficult fight shrouded in denial, secrecy and lack of media support. It is coupled by the urgent needs of sick and dying offspring of those exposed.

Agent Orange has a notorious history in Vietnam from 1961-1971. The United States military used several chemical herbicides during the Vietnam War to “help” in the War effort. The military sited the thick jungle foliage of Vietnam, and the enemy’s access to food crops, as reason to spray an unfettered amount of chemicals onto South Vietnam, killing all the vegetation in its spray zone.  The military deducted, if the enemy had no food and no place to hide, the U.S. and Allies would be victorious in Vietnam. In the end, they sprayed an estimated eighteen million gallons of Agent Orange, on a country the size of New Mexico.

Protesters in Turkey have stated the police were shooting orange liquid filled canisters at the crowd.  Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War was colorless. It was called agent orange because of the orange stripe around the middle of the fifty five gallon barrel it was stored in. It was not orange. However, a Turkish protester seeing this substance being shot would think something is very wrong here. It is natural for them to question what police were shooting at them. If a protester was un-knowledgeable of the history of Monsanto, Dow, and the 5 other chemical company’s recipe for herbicide, it’s not a far leap for a protester to think the Turkish police, firing an orange substance at them could think they were using Agent Orange. At that point protesters believe it had gone well beyond crowd control. Instead the police were trying to kill protesters with chemical warfare.

Agent Orange wasn’t used as a crowd deterrent it was used to defoliate plant material.  It was not sprayed directly on people as an act of chemical warfare. However, many were indirectly sprayed with Agent Orange during its use in Vietnam. Many U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers and Vietnamese civilians have recounted times when they were exposed by aerial spray.  Others were exposed when handling the chemical with no protective gear, working or living in areas that had been defoliated, or drinking contaminated water or food. The U.S. Military has fought back against outrage that Agent Orange was used as chemical warfare. They state it was used strictly as vegetation control, an agricultural chemical. The problems with the herbicides used in Vietnam were they were toxic. They were contaminated with an industrial byproduct called dioxin. Dioxin is one of the deadliest known contaminants to man.  Production of Agent Orange ended in the 1970’s.

The process of dying at the hands of Agent Orange is a long painful process, with the exception of Chloacne, which appears shortly after acute exposure; symptoms of exposure do not surface for years.  Police are looking for quick responses in riot control situations.

A quick internet image search about the effects of Agent Orange on the children of Vietnam can leave a person horrified. Babies today are still being born in Vietnam with severe deformities, especially in areas where the deadly dioxin is still in high concentration in Vietnam’s soil. There are still twenty eight such places in South Vietnam today.

The plight of America’s Vietnam Veterans, Australian Veterans, and Vietnamese Veteran’s illnesses and battle to gain justice has been going on for over forty years. Children and grandchildren of all, who fought in the Vietnam War from around the globe, are currently pleading for those in power to recognize the birth defects and diseases they suffer from and believe are caused by their parent or grandparent’s exposure to Agent Orange.  All of these groups cannot afford the reality of their life or death fight to be watered down or distracted from by Facebook and Twitter posts from Turkey.

So was this report from Turkey simply a misstep by a confused, uninformed protester, or was it something else? Could Turkish protesters have been trying to ride the impact of the fear associated with Agent Orange to gain more recognition for their county’s unrest? Or was it a simple mistake, which people perpetuated by not checking their facts? If the act by Turkish protesters was to gain international media exposure by claiming Agent Orange was used on them, it’s worked. The whole world did a double take when headlines read,” Turkish Riot Police, Starts Using Agent Orange,” all of the sudden the focus of the protest was lost.

There isn’t any evidence of Agent Orange being used in Turkey.  Members of the media and activists must check the facts so disinformation is not spread. To be successful we must push ourselves to be knowledgeable before just clicking the share button.

The challenge is to stay focused to the matters at hand. Turkey is going through unrest. Agent Orange is continuing to kill people every day. Don’t confuse the two, and do not turn away, your attention matters.

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ~ Mark Twain

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AGENT ORANGE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE OFFICIAL COVVHA TESTIMONY

Tanya Mack COVVHA IOM

(Irvine California) There is a renewed push for the Institute of Medicine to take seriously the claims made by the Children of Vietnam Veterans and their families about the birth defects and illnesses they are suffering from. The adverse affects of the dioxin laden herbicide sprayed over the jungles of Vietnam, AKA Agent Orange, have been well known since the government first admitted in 1991 to cause illnesses in Vietnam Veterans. For years, the veterans and their families have been saying birth defects and rare illnesses have affected their children’s health. These anomalies and illnesses are not only happening in the children of Vietnam Veterans (2nd generation), but now are showing up in alarming numbers in the grandchildren (3rd Generation) of Vietnam Veterans as well.

On January 16, 2013, (COVVHA)  Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC.  participated, in the public hearings for the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee to Review on the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans Exposure to Herbicides (Ninth Biennial Update) in Irvine, California. Tanya Mack, COVVHA Core Chairperson, and California resident, gave testimony on behalf of COVVHA to the committee. Tanya Mack is the Daughter of a recently, deceased Vietnam Veteran who succumbed service connected Agent Orange illnesses. She was born with severe hip dysplasia and has developed several rare aggressive cancers in her thirties which she is currently still fighting.

“The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public (From the IOM website).” They have been commissioned to review biannually, the most current data available about herbicides and the health effects on our Veterans. In the past, the IOM have been responsible for getting new illnesses added to the presumptive list for our ailing Vietnam Veterans. Like On October 13, 2009, when, the Veterans Affairs added three new medical conditions for Vietnam Veterans presumptively associated with exposure to herbicides; hairy cell and other B-cell leukemia’s, Parkinson’s disease, and ischemic heart disease, to the list of covered illnesses.

Included in COVVHA’s report to the committee, were the number and types of illnesses and congenital anomalies found in the second and third generation members of COVVHA. This includes the ailments that mirror the Vietnam Veterans and the congenital anomalies found on the list of birth defects covered in the children of women Vietnam Veterans. Tanya Mack, shared several studies from the early eighties including Ranch Hand studies and a current epigenetic study from Washington State that show a correlation to trans-generational exposures to dioxin, with the committee for them to consider. Several recommendations were made as to the next actions to help the children of Vietnam Veterans in the most practical ways.

Three of COVVHA recommendations included approving the currently covered eighteen plus, birth defects for children of female Vietnam Veterans for the children of male Vietnam Veterans. The second recommendation included the request for free DNA and Epigenetic testing for the biological children of Vietnam Veterans as needed, and an official Agent Orange Registry for Children of Vietnam Veterans. COVVHA made several other recommendations that were included in their submitted testimony.

Highlights of other participant’s testimony:
Ken Holybee, Director at Large, of Vietnam Veterans of America. Ken pointed out in the Veterans and Agent Orange 2008 Update, the IOM Committee concluded that it was plausible exposure to herbicides that could cause paternally mediated effects in offspring as a result of epigenetic changes, and that such changes would most likely be attributable to the TCDD contaminants in Agent Orange. He urged the committee to follow up on their 2008 recommendations. Due to the continued suffering the VVA sees in the families who attend their Agent Orange Town Hall Meetings.

Debra Kraus, widow of a Vietnam Veteran, Activist and Artist, shared a slideshow presentation of her art that is based on her experience through her husband’s dealings with the V.A. and health issues.

Elayne Mackey, National Health Committee co-chair for the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA). AVVA recommends the creation of Centers of Excellence to provide for research, treatment, and social services for the offspring of veterans of all eras who have been exposed to toxins while in service to our country.

Wesley T. Carter, Chair of the C-123 Veterans Association, asked for two possibilities, the Department of Defense designates the contaminated -123 aircraft, by specific tail number, as Agent Orange exposure sites. The other for the VA to accept claims from veterans able to provide evidence of service aboard the aircraft known to have been contaminated.

Andy Olshan, PhD, Chair of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina and Kim Boekelheide, MD, PhD, Professor of Medical Science, Brown University phoned into the meeting. The Doctors gave their opinion on the likelihood of Paternal Transmission of Dioxin through Sperm. The Doctors stated that paternal transmission is relatively small because the male system is made to minimize the transmission of issues and that there is not enough evidence to support the theory that Dioxin is transmitted through sperm.

COVVHA is committed to serving as a voice for the children of Vietnam Veterans including second and third generation victims of Agent Orange and Dioxin Exposures worldwide. We believe in empowering each other to hold the companies and governments responsible for causing so much devastation and suffering to our generations. We fight for justice globally. We hope the IOM will make the responsible recommendations to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Please, see the full testimony submitted to the Institute of Medicine attached which also includes Tanya Mack’s personal health struggle with Agent Orange related birth defects and cancers.

Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides Ninth Biennial Update... by Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance

 

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Heather A. Bowser, MsEd, LPCC
Kelly L. Derricks
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Agent Orange & Infertility – Issues all too common for children of Vietnam Veterans
AGENT ORANGE INFERTILITY CHILDREN OF VIETNAM VETERANS COVVHA.NET

Today my words are meant to help uplift, empower and heal you. I know the feelings written here personally and it has hurt me in the past. I would like to give you some helpful ideas on how you can help children. How you can have them be a part of your life. How you can help them to fulfill their dreams, goals and lives even if you cannot have your own.

Recently I lost another child and finally put into motion a means that I would not concieve again to avoid the pain. I wanted to have my husbands child so badly that I could almost see him already. I felt that he was almost here and I could reach out and touch him and change my life. It was a boy I know that and it tore me open. I cried for weeks about this and I just want you to know that I truly understand how hard it is. This was not my first loss of a child but this one hurt the most.

I have had my share of trouble conceiving a child and then when I could was not able to carry to term. I made some changes in my lifestyle without the intention of having a baby at that time. I got rid of all the chemicals and animal products and voila ..side effect I was pregnant. I was so excited and happy. Then I found out the truth about what was happening and in the end I kissed my child goodbye and told him through tears that I was so sorry that I couldn’t be the mother that he had chosen.

I dealt with that pain and came out the other end knowing that I am here for another reason. That as much as my whole life i heard things like *Oh my god you will make such a good mom* to *You are so maternal* Why can’t I help children or adopt them and give them a better life? Why can’t I be their teacher and inspiration? Why can’t I help other people who feel like i do? I thought about it for months and came to the conclusion that I could do all and any of these things that I wanted to. The only limitation in place is what you believe there is. You can accomplish so much more than you may even realize.

I think that it is very important to remember that you may not be able to have your own child. But there are millions upon millions that could benefit from the love you hold in your heart for the ones you cannot have. They are just there waiting for you to find them, to lift them up and out of their desperate circumstances. To show them a better world and a kinder heart than they may have seen. So long as your choice is kindness and love towards a lonely or hurt child it is a good one.

These links will be a road that you may choose to go down. Remember while you do that just as you may feel alone and without joy and love, there are many children that feel the same exact way that you do. You hold this amazing gift in your hands and it is called free will. You can choose to gift and uplift and show these young people that they may suffer and that life is difficult but it is also filled with surprising kindnesses and gentle loving people.

http://kids-alliance.org/

http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm

http://www.shiningstarsfoundation.org/how-to-help-1/volunteer/

http://www.ymca.net/volunteer

I try to think what the reasons could be as to why people cannot have children. There are so many it would take a very long time to cover even half of the reasons. But I think that while it is a heartbreaking thing to have to realize there is a reason I believe. We are here to help others. We are here to look at and find children that need us and just help them in any way we can. Mourn your losses and move on it is the best thing you can do for yourself. It may sound harsh but that is the truth. You are here for another potential purpose. Perhaps you are meant to be Father or Mother to the children of the world. Perhaps you were given a gift instead. One that could make a huge difference in the world. Have you considered that? :)

We are all here just floating around and sometimes we see something. We stop and look at it and examine it closely because it speaks to us. Loving other human being that may not be your blood is one of those things that passes by us. We should stop and examine it and see what we can do to help others and in doing so heal ourselves.

http://www.freearts.org/volunteers

http://www.pageahead.org/volunteer.php

I have been amazed at how many things we can do to help children. We could just type in volunteer to help children and find out for yourselves what is out there. What we can do to make a difference in the lives of so many children that lack hope. Because they have been hurt so badly that they find trusting someone difficult. But if this is what you want to do then there is nothing stopping you from helping someone else. Imagine the power that you possess! You could change the life of another human being for the better!

http://www.freethechildren.com/get-involved/

You could volunteer at your local school. See if they need any help and do what you can. If you have medical problems and I know that many of you do then tell them your limitations. Many would be happy to have the help from anyone.  If they cannot work with you then keep trying and see what you might be able to start in your community. There is always some way to help others.

http://www.americaspromise.org/Act/Volunteer.aspx

http://www.abetterchance.org/abetterchance.aspx?pgID=963

http://www.mentoring.org/get_involved/become_a_mentor/volunteer_referral_service

http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962345/k.E123/Volunteer_to_start_something.htm

I am including as many things that I can find that you could go out and do for yourself. Helping others can help to heal your own suffering. That is a proven fact in this world. If you reach out and help another human being you heal a hurt inside of you. These children that you help will not forget you or the things that you do to try and help them. I know you are hurting inside and I understand and this is a way to heal what is ailing you and your heart.  Couples can benefit from this as well. Reach out and take a chance!

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Children of Vietnam Veterans: Their Voice Keeps Growing

Originally Published By Salem-News.com (Mar-27-2013 11:36)

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(WASHINGTON DC) – Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, INC. (COVVHA), is an organization that was founded to address the specialized needs of the children and grand children of Vietnam Veterans who have been negatively affected by their parent’s exposure to the herbicide, Agent Orange, during the Vietnam war. We educate veterans, their families, the general public, and lawmakers about Agent Orange and it’s effect on our lives.

COVVHA was founded by two children of Vietnam Veterans. Heather A. Bowser and Kelly L. Derricks. Both of their lifes have been significantly affected by Agent Orange. Kelly lost her father at age seven due to Agent Orange illnesses. Kelly currently suffers from twenty eight, unexplained illnesses which forced her to retire from her career in the mental health field. Heather was born with several birth defects, including missing her right leg below the knee, several of her fingers and big to on her left foot. Heather was born two months premature and only weighed 3.4 ounces. Her father is also deceased. Heather’s father had five bypasses on his heart at age 38, subsequently he died at ace 50 from a massive heart attack. His death was service related due to his Agent Orange exposure.

Kelly and Heather founded this organization because there are so many needs that are not being met in their peer group. The most pressing one, is the government has not acknowledged the devastating birth defects and illnesses in the children of male Vietnam Veterans, like they have in the children of female Vietnam Veterans. Currently, the government acknowledges eighteen plus birth defects in the children of female Vietnam Veterans. They only acknowledge one birth defect in the children of Male Vietnam Veterans. Spina Bifida. This, Kelly and Heather both feel is discrimination. Especially because they have so many reports of similar birth defects and illness.

COVVHA has also built a private support community for only children of Vietnam Veterans. It has over six hundred members. They educate and support each other in this group. Kelly and Heather want their members to understand that they are not alone. Many of them have lost, or are in the process of losing their Vietnam Veteran, plus they are dealing with birth defects or unexplained illnesses.

They are also seeing an influx of children of Vietnam Veterans who start researching Agent Orange because their child, the grand child of the Vietnam Veteran has been born with an issue, or suddenly has a rare illness.

COVVHA deals with a lot of issues, like grief, illness, anger and the like. The group also enjoys each others company and find many similar anecdotes of what it was like growing up with a Vietnam Veteran.

COVVHA is also involved in supporting international efforts in cleaning up, and disclosing locations of buried herbicide. Heather has traveled three times to Vietnam. She has visited two of the most poisonous hot spots still contaminated with Agent Orange, Da Nang, and Bein Hoa. Heather has also worked with organizations in Vietnam who support the on going health care of the Vietnamese children who are still being born today with birth defects due to their parents or grand parents exposure and the continued environmental pollutants. Recently Heather traveled to Okinawa, Japan to educate those seeking answers about reports that Agent Orange herbicide was stored, used and buried on the island of Okinawa. Building community with those who may have suffered due to Agent Orange in Japan is very important to the organization.

COVVHA seeks unity in all those who have been affected by Agent Orange dioxin so that our community may build strength in numbers and that our voices would be heard by those who make decisions.

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Agent Orange 731 Illnesses Reported By Children Of Vietnam Veterans – COVVHA Database Update 2013



We have compiled a list of 731 reported illnesses that the biological Children of Vietnam Veterans are suffering from to try and find common threads. There have been no official claims that anything on this list has been proven to be caused by Agent Orange/Dioxin unless otherwise noted in the information below. Other reports indicate that there are up to 30 years of illnesses and conditions being collected that we suffer from as the second generation. While many of us are born with these problems, our members that participated in this list are generally between the ages of 20-45 both male and female, often with no prior family history. If you are suffering from any illness not listed, please email us at COVVHA@GMAIL.COM. This list has been updated as of January 9, 2013. Please click on the page “NEWS ALERTS” to become an email subscriber. You will then receive notifications when databases for 2ND GENERATION, 3RD GENERATION, and VETERANS HEALTH have been updated as well as any new articles that are published. Please be sure to check your email after subscribing for your confirmation completion.

  1. Abnormal Cervical Bleeding
  2. Abnormal Growth between the Ovaries
  3. Abnormal Pap Smears
  4. Abnormal Periods
  5. Abnormal Rectal Bleeding
  6. Achy Body
  7. Acid Reflux
  8. Acne Issues Undefined Cystic
  9. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  10. Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  11. ADD
  12. Addiction Cigarettes
  13. Addiction other than Cigarettes
  14. Addison’s Disease
  15. Adenomyosis
  16. ADHD
  17. Adrenal Gland Tumors
  18. Adult Acne
  19. Agoraphobia Severe
  20. Albinism
  21. Alcoholism
  22. Allergies
  23. Alopecia Areata
  24. Amblyopia
  25. Amenorrhoea
  26. Amputation
  27. Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Basaloid Type
  28. Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
  29. Anaphylaxis
  30. Anencephaly
  31. Anemia
  32. Anger Issues
  33. Angioedema
  34. Ankyloglossia
  35. Ankylosing Spondylitis
  36. Annual Decrease in Night Vision
  37. Anorexia Nervosa
  38. Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  39. Anxiety
  40. Aortic Pulmonary Regurgitation
  41. Aphasia
  42. Appendicitis Cancerous/Undefined
  43. Appendicitis
  44. Arachnoid Cyst In Brain Space
  45. Arachnoiditis
  46. Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  47. Arrhythmia
  48. Arteriovenous Malformation
  49. Arthritis Inflammatory Of The Si Joint Rheumatoid
  50. Arthritis Juvenile
  51. Asperger’s
  52. Asthma
  53. Ataxia
  54. Atrial Fibrillation
  55. Autism
  56. Autoimmune Disease
  57. Autoimmune Disease Unknown Etiology
  58. Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction
  59. Autonomic Neuropathy
  60. Back Pain
  61. Bacterial Meningitis
  62. Bacterial Infections
  63. Balance Problem
  64. Bell’s Palsy
  65. Benign Cyst Armpit
  66. Benign Multinodular Goiter
  67. Benign Oral Cysts
  68. Benign Tumor on Thyroid/ Near Total Thyroidectomy Surgery
  69. Berger’s Disease
  70. Bicornuate Uterus
  71. Bicuspid Aortic Heart Valve
  72. Bicuspid Valve Prolapse
  73. Bilateral Baker Cysts
  74. Bilateral Uterus
  75. Bipartite Patellas
  76. Bipolar Disorder
  77. Blackouts
  78. Bladder Infections/ Utis
  79. Bladder Is Collapsing
  80. Bladder Issues Infections/Overactive
  81. Bladder Lift
  82. Bleeding Issues
  83. Blindness
  84. Blood in Urine Undefined
  85. Blood Vessel Issues
  86. Boils
  87. Bone Cancer
  88. Bone Spurs/Problems Undefined
  89. Bones Missing At Birth
  90. Border Line Diabetic
  91. Borderline High Blood Pressure
  92. Borderline Personality Disorder
  93. Borderline Schizophrenia
  94. Born Blind
  95. Born Deaf
  96. Bowel Deformity/Issues
  97. Bradycardia Arrhythmia
  98. Brain Calcification And An Enlarged Perivascular Space
  99. Brain Issues Water On The Brain
  100. Brain Lesions Aneurism/Tumors/Surgery
  101. Brain Stem Abnormalities
  102. Brain Stem Small
  103. Brain Tumors
  104. Breast Cancer
  105. Breast Pain
  106. Breathing Problems Undefined
  107. Bronchitis/Bronchial Spasms
  108. Bursitis
  109. Calcium Deficiency
  110. Calluses on Vocal Chords Faulty Stomach Acid Caused
  111. Camptodactyly
  112. Cancer
  113. Cancer Undefined
  114. Cardiac Arrhythmia
  115. Cardiac Deformity
  116. Cardiomyopathy
  117. Cardiac Sarcoma
  118. Carpal Tunnel
  119. Caudal Regression
  120. Cava Perthes
  121. Celiac Disease
  122. Cellulitis
  123. Central Nervous System Disorder
  124. Cerebral Palsy
  125. Cerebellum Issues Undefined
  126. Cerebral Aneurysm
  127. Cerebral Palsy
  128. Cervical Cancer
  129. Cervical Dysplasia/Incompetency
  130. Cervical Infections
  131. Chiari Malformation Assoc W/ Spina Bifida
  132. Chemical Sensitivity
  133. Chest Wall Pain/ Breast Pain/Chest Pain
  134. Childhood Bedwetting
  135. Childhood Extreme Shyness
  136. Chloracne
  137. Choristoma Tumor in the Ear
  138. Chromosome Abnormalities
  139. Crohn’s Disease
  140. Chronic Asthmatic Bronchitis
  141. Chronic Candida and Other Female Reproductive Organ Infections
  142. Chronic Childhood Ear Infections
  143. Chronic Constipation
  144. Chronic Costochondritis
  145. Chronic ENT Issues Resulting In Adenoidectomy Tonsillectomy And Ear Tubes
  146. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  147. Chronic Fatigue and Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  148. Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  149. Chronic Insomnia
  150. Chronic Kidney Disease
  151. Chronic Knee Dysplasia
  152. Chronic Migraines
  153. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Copd
  154. Chronic Pneumonia
  155. Chronic Sinusitis
  156. Chronic Urinary Tract Infections
  157. Chronic Venous Insufficiency Cvi Severe
  158. Cleft Palate Lips
  159. Clotting Disorders
  160. Club Foot
  161. Club Foot Talipes Equinovarus
  162. Cognitive Disorder
  163. Cognitive Disorder
  164. Cognitive Issues
  165. Cold Hands/Feet
  166. Cold/Flu Chronic
  167. Collapsed Vertebra
  168. Colon Issues
  169. Complete Hysterectomy
  170. Complete Pelvic Floor Collapse
  171. Compromised Immune System
  172. Compulsive Skin Picking Around Fingers
  173. Congenial Scoliosis
  174. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  175. Congenital Anosmia Born Without the Ability To Smile
  176. Congenital Heart Blockage
  177. Congenital Hips
  178. Congenital Hypertension
  179. Connective Tissue Disorder
  180. Constipation/Cramping
  181. Conversion Disorder
  182. Costochondritis
  183. Cranial Synthesis
  184. Crest Syndrome
  185. Crohn’s Disease
  186. Crossed Eyes Newborn
  187. Cryoglobulinemia
  188. Cushings Syndrome
  189. Cystic Acne
  190. Cystic Fibrosis
  191. Cystic Fibrosis
  192. Cysts
  193. Cysts Arm Brain Hand Leg Shoulder Blade Thyroid
  194. Daily Headaches
  195. Debilitating Muscle Spasms
  196. Deep Venous Thrombosis
  197. Deformed Arms/Legs/Fingers/Toes/Feet
  198. Deformed Sinuses
  199. Deformity of Chest/Breast
  200. Deformity of Shoulders/Muscles
  201. Deformity of The Face/Head/Neck
  202. Degenerative Disc Disease
  203. Degenerative Joint Syndrome
  204. Degenerative Ligament Tissue
  205. Dehydration
  206. Dental Problems
  207. Depression
  208. Depression Major Clinical
  209. Dermatitis
  210. Detached Retina
  211. Developmental Delay
  212. Deviated Nasal Septum
  213. Dextrocardia
  214. Diabetes Type I
  215. Diabetes Type II
  216. Diagonal Earlobe Crease
  217. Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Enlarged Left Ventricle And Heart Sound
  218. Diarrhea SP
  219. Digestive Issues
  220. Disc Desiccation
  221. Dissociative Disorder
  222. Diverticulitis
  223. Dizzy Spells
  224. Double Cervix
  225. Double Hernia @ Birth
  226. Double Ureter
  227. Double Uterus/Cervix
  228. Double Uvula/Cleft Uvula
  229. Droop Eye Ptosis
  230. Drug Abuse
  231. Duane Syndrome
  232. Dwarfism
  233. Dysautonomia
  234. Dyslexia
  235. Dysphagia
  236. Dysthymia Aka Chronic Depression
  237. Ear Infections/Problems/Surgeries/Tubes
  238. Ectopic Pregnancy
  239. Eczema
  240. Electrolyte Abnormalities
  241. Elevated Heart Rate
  242. Emotional Problems
  243. Empty Sella Syndrome
  244. Endocrine Disorders
  245. Endometrial Cancer
  246. Endometrial Hyperplasia
  247. Endometriosis-
  248. Enlarged Heart
  249. Enlarged Liver-Cause Unknown
  250. Epilepsy
  251. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  252. Excessive Nose Bleeds
  253. Excessive Sweating
  254. Exotropia
  255. Extra Body Parts
  256. Extra Bones
  257. Extra Vertebrae
  258. Eye Floaters
  259. Eye Problems Undefined
  260. Eyes Legs Stomach Abdomen
  261. Facet Joint Syndrome
  262. Facial Aplasia
  263. Factor V Leiden
  264. Familial Tremor
  265. Fatigue Chronic Syndrome,
  266. Fatty Deposits on Liver
  267. Felty’s Syndrome
  268. Fever Seizures
  269. Fever Undefined
  270. Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  271. Fibroid Cysts in Breast
  272. Fibromyalgia
  273. Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
  274. Follicular Lymphoma/Large B Cell Lymphoma
  275. Food Allergies
  276. Foot Deformity/Issues/Burning
  277. Fragile X Syndrome
  278. Frazonism
  279. Fused Digits
  280. Fused Vertebrae in Neck
  281. Fused Vertebrae/Disc
  282. Gall Bladder Disease/ Gall Stones
  283. Ganglion Cyst
  284. Gastritis
  285. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD
  286. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  287. Gastrointestinal Problems
  288. Gastroparesis SP
  289. Gene Mutations gg MHP
  290. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  291. Gestational Diabetes
  292. Glaucoma
  293. Glioblastoma
  294. Gluten Intolerance
  295. Goiter
  296. Goldenhar Syndrome
  297. Gout
  298. Grand Mal Seizures
  299. Grave’s Disease
  300. Growth Hormone Deficiency
  301. Growths/Lumps on Skull
  302. Hae – Hereditary Angioedema
  303. Hair Loss
  304. Hairy Cell Leukemia
  305. Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
  306. Head Sores
  307. Headaches (Chronic
  308. Hearing Loss
  309. Hearing Loss/Deafness
  310. Heart Attack
  311. Heart Defect/Murmur/Newborn
  312. Heart Disease
  313. Heart Failure
  314. Heart Murmur
  315. Heart Palpitations
  316. Heart Problems/Surgery Undefined
  317. Heat Intolerance
  318. Heel Spur
  319. Hemangioma
  320. Hereditary Atypical Hemochromatosis
  321. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
  322. Hernia
  323. Herniated Discs
  324. High ANA Levels In Blood Leads To Potential Lupus Diagnosis
  325. High Blood Pressure
  326. High Cholesterol
  327. High Myopia/ Shortsightedness
  328. High Pulse Rate
  329. Hip Deformity/Pain/Surgery/Undefined -
  330. Hip Dysplasia
  331. Hip Pain Undefined
  332. Hip Replacement
  333. Hirsutism
  334. Histiocytosis
  335. Hives
  336. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  337. Hormone Issues/Replacement
  338. Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  339. Hydrocele Testis
  340. Hydrocephalus
  341. Hydrocephaly CG (brother-deceased
  342. Hydrocoele Hernia
  343. Hyaline Membrane
  344. Hymen Issues Partially Intact
  345. Hypercoagulability
  346. Hyperhomocysteinemia
  347. Hyperinsulinemia
  348. Hyperlipidemia
  349. Hypermobility Issues/Surgeries
  350. Hyperparathyroidism
  351. Hypertension
  352. Hyperthyroidism
  353. Hypoglycemia
  354. Hypoparathyroidism
  355. Hypoplasia Entire Right Side
  356. Hypoplastic Heart
  357. Hypospadias
  358. Hypothyroidism
  359. Hyperprolactinemia
  360. Hysterectomy
  361. Idiopathic Gastroparesis
  362. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  363. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Itp Platelet Disorder
  364. Immune System Issues Undefined & Ivig Infusions
  365. Imperforate Anus
  366. Incompetent Cervix
  367. Infant/Toddler Lethargy Withdrawal
  368. Infertility
  369. Insomnia
  370. Insulin Resistance
  371. Interstitial Cystitis
  372. Intracranial Cyst
  373. Intracranial Hypertension Formally Known As PTC
  374. Involuntary Muscle Spasms Face
  375. Iron Deficiency
  376. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  377. Ischemic Heart Disease
  378. ITP
  379. Jaw Deformity/Surgery
  380. Joint & Muscle Problems/Pain
  381. Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
  382. Juvenile Macular Degeneration
  383. Keratosis Pilaris
  384. Kidney Disease/Surgery
  385. Kidney Issues/Infections/Cysts
  386. Kidney Stones
  387. Kienbock’s Disease
  388. Knee Chondromalacia Patella
  389. Knee Problems/Dysplasia/Pain/Surgery
  390. Kyphosis
  391. Lactose Intolerant
  392. Lateral Epicondylitis
  393. Bilateral Microtia
  394. Lazy Eye
  395. Learning Disabilities
  396. Legally Blind
  397. Lethargy
  398. Leukemia
  399. Leukocytosis with Neutrophilia
  400. Lhermitte’s Sign
  401. Lichen Planus
  402. Lipomas-Non-Cancerous Tumors Throughout Body
  403. Liver cirrhosis due to atypical hereditary hemochromatosis
  404. Liver Disease Fatty/Undefined
  405. Liver Inflammation/Other
  406. Liver Lesions
  407. Long Qt Syndrome
  408. Loss of Skin Pigment
  409. Loss of Strength In Limbs
  410. Low Blood Count Red
  411. Low Blood Pressure
  412. Low Estrogen
  413. Low Potassium
  414. Low Testosterone
  415. Low Vitamin D Levels
  416. Lumbarization
  417. Lumps On the Head
  418. Lung Cancers and Hocm
  419. Lung Deformity rd Lung
  420. Lung Disease/Nodules/Tumors/Clots
  421. Lupus
  422. Lupus of The Skin
  423. Lymphocytic Thyroiditis
  424. Lymphatic Tumors/Lymphangioma
  425. Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  426. Lymphoma
  427. Macrodactyly
  428. Major Depressive Disorder
  429. Malabsorption of Food/Drink
  430. Malabsorption of Vitamin B
  431. Marfan Syndrome
  432. Mastocytosis
  433. Mastoiditis
  434. Melanoma
  435. Memory Loss
  436. Menieres Disease
  437. Menopause Issues Early
  438. Menorrhagia
  439. Menstrual Cycle Issues
  440. Mental Health Issues
  441. Mental Retardation
  442. Metabolic Syndromes
  443. Metatarsus Varus Pigeon Toe
  444. Methicillin Staphylococcus Resistant Aureus
  445. Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase
  446. Microtia
  447. Migraine Headaches
  448. Migraines : Hypnic Cluster Basilar Hemiplegic
  449. Mild Dysplasia
  450. Misopedia
  451. Missing A Whole Layer of Dermis
  452. Missing Big Toe ,
  453. Missing Digits
  454. Missing Fingers
  455. Missing Limb Right Leg below the Knee
  456. Missing Limbs/Body Parts
  457. Missing Vertebrae
  458. Mitral Valve Prolapse
  459. Mittelschmerz
  460. Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  461. Mood Swings
  462. Multiple Sclerosis
  463. Mullerian Aplasia
  464. Multiple Cardiac Arrests
  465. Multiple Recurring Undiagnosable Oozing Sores
  466. Muscle Spasms/Pain/Numbness Undefined
  467. Musculoskeletal Problems,
  468. Muscular Dystrophy
  469. Myasthenia Gravis
  470. Mycobacterium Gordonae
  471. Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  472. Mitral Valve Prolapse Duplicate Mitral Valve
  473. Nasal Cancer
  474. Nasal Polyps
  475. Nausea
  476. Neck Pain
  477. Nephrolithiasis
  478. Nerve Damage
  479. Neuralgia Face Feet Hands Legs
  480. Neurocardiogenic
  481. Neurological Problem Undefined
  482. Neuropathy
  483. Neutropenia
  484. Nevus Sebaceous
  485. Night Blindness
  486. Night Sweats
  487. Night Terrors
  488. Nightmares
  489. Non-Hodgkin’S Lymphoma
  490. Nosebleeds
  491. Numbness
  492. Nystagmus
  493. Obesity
  494. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  495. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  496. Orthostatic Hypotension
  497. Orthostatic Intolerance
  498. Osteoarthritis
  499. Osteochondritis
  500. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  501. Osteopenia
  502. Osteoporosis
  503. Ostras Laughters
  504. Otosclerosis
  505. Ovarian Cancer
  506. Ovarian Cysts
  507. Ovaries & Wrists
  508. Overactive Bladder
  509. Pain In Chest Radiating Up My Right Side of Neck
  510. Pain Undefined
  511. Palate Problems
  512. Pancreases
  513. Pancreatitis
  514. Pancytopenia
  515. Panic Attacks
  516. Paralysis
  517. Paresthesias
  518. Para-Thyroid Gland Disfunction
  519. Pericarditis
  520. Pars Planitis
  521. Partial Thyroidectomy
  522. Patellar Subluxation Left Knee
  523. Pectus Excavatum
  524. Peeling As If Sunburned Face and Body
  525. Pelvic Bones Not Fused
  526. Pelvic Congestion Syndrome K, before Hysterectomy
  527. Pelvic Reconstruction/Issues
  528. Peptic Ulcers
  529. Peripheral Neuropathy
  530. Periventricular Leukomalacia
  531. Pernicious Anemia
  532. Personality Disorder
  533. Phantom Pains Photosensitivity
  534. Pierre Robin Sequence
  535. Pituitary Gland Disfunction
  536. Pityriasis
  537. Planar Spaciatis
  538. Pneumonia Childhood / Recurring
  539. Poland Syndrome
  540. Poliosis
  541. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  542. Polycystic Kidney Disease
  543. Polycythemia
  544. Polycythemia Vera without Genetic Factor
  545. Polymorphic Light Eruption
  546. Polymyositis
  547. Poor Egg Quality
  548. Porphyria
  549. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
  550. Potassium Issues
  551. Preeclampsia
  552. Pregnancy Complications Undefined
  553. Pregnancy Partial Molar
  554. Premature Babies
  555. Premature Menopause
  556. Premature Ovarian Failure
  557. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  558. Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor
  559. Prolactinoma
  560. Prolapsed Cervix
  561. Prostate Problems/Enlarged
  562. Psoriasis
  563. Psoriatic Arthritis
  564. Psoriatic Rheumatoid Arthritis
  565. Pseudo-Obstruction Intestinal Neurological
  566. Pseudotumor Cerebri
  567. Ptosis
  568. PTSD Primary Related To Family Violence
  569. PTSD Secondary
  570. Pulmonary Embolism
  571. Pulmonary Edema
  572. Pulmonary Fibrosis/Other Undefined
  573. Pulmonary Restriction
  574. PVC’s
  575. Pyloric Stenosis
  576. Rapid absorption
  577. Rash under My Arm Same Place My Dad Gets It
  578. Rashes Newborn
  579. Rashes Undefined
  580. Raynaud’s Syndrome
  581. Rectal Prolapse
  582. Rectal Seal Prolapse
  583. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  584. Renal Cysts/Calcifications
  585. Renal Failure
  586. Reproductive Problems Female
  587. Respiratory Infections/Distress
  588. Restless Leg Syndrome
  589. Retroverted Uterus
  590. Rhabdomyosarcoma
  591. Rheumatic Fever
  592. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  593. Rosacea
  594. Sacral Agenesis
  595. Sacral lumbarization
  596. Salpingitis Isthmica Nodosa
  597. Sarcoidosis
  598. Schizophrenia
  599. Scleroderma
  600. Scoliosis
  601. Sebaceous Cysts
  602. Seborrheic Dermatitis
  603. Secondary infertility
  604. Seizures Petit Mal
  605. Seizures,
  606. Sensitive Skin
  607. Sensitive Teeth
  608. Sensitivity to Medications
  609. Septate Uterus
  610. Septate Uterus
  611. Severe Chronic Neutropenia
  612. Severe Depression
  613. Severe Light Sensitivity
  614. Shingles Ears Mouth Ophthalmic Throat
  615. Short Term Memory Problems
  616. Shyness
  617. Sinus Infections/Problems
  618. Sinus Tachycardia
  619. Sinusitis
  620. Sjogrens Syndrome
  621. Skin Cancer -
  622. Skin Lesions
  623. Skin Problems/Deformity
  624. Skin Rashes
  625. Sleep Apnea
  626. Slight Deviated Jaw
  627. Small Digits on Hands-
  628. Snoring
  629. Social Anxiety Disorder
  630. Social Problems
  631. Spastic Colon
  632. Speech Problems
  633. Sphincter of Oddi Disorder
  634. Spina Bifida
  635. Spina Bifida Occulta
  636. Spinal Cord Disease/Tumors
  637. Spinal Deformities
  638. Spinal Deterioration
  639. Spinal Surgeries/Pain/Undefined
  640. Spinal Meningitis
  641. SpinoCerebellar Ataxia
  642. SpinoCerebellar Degeneration
  643. Splenetic Cysts
  644. Spondyloarthropy
  645. Spondylolisthesis
  646. Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
  647. Squamous Papilloma Benign Polyp In Mouth
  648. Steatohepatitis
  649. Stenosis of The Spine
  650. Stomach Pains/Problems
  651. Strabismus
  652. Strange Growths
  653. Strep Throat
  654. Stress
  655. Stress Seizures
  656. Stroke
  657. Sturge Weber Syndrome
  658. Subglottic Stenosis
  659. Suicidal Thoughts
  660. Suicide Brother
  661. Supraventricular Tachycardia
  662. Swelling Undefined
  663. Swollen Glands
  664. Syndactyly
  665. Syringomyelia
  666. Tachycardia
  667. Tachycardia Unknown Due To Wpw Syndrome
  668. Temporal Arteritis
  669. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  670. Tendonitis
  671. Testicular Deformity
  672. Thinning Of Hair Top Front
  673. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  674. Throat Tumors
  675. Thrombophilia
  676. Thyroid Cancer Hashimoto’s
  677. Thyroid Issues & Cysts Hyperthyroidism
  678. Tilted Uterus
  679. Tinea Versicolor
  680. Tinnitus Lifelong
  681. Tired
  682. Tonsillitis/Tonsillectomy
  683. Tooth Decay Abnormal
  684. Tooth Formation Absence Adult Teeth Never Came In
  685. Torticollis
  686. Tourettes
  687. Toxic Shock Syndrome
  688. Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  689. Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula
  690. Tremors
  691. Triple Ureter
  692. Triple X Syndrome
  693. Truncus Arteriosus
  694. Tuberculosis
  695. Tumor on The Parathyroid
  696. Tumors
  697. Tumors on Liver
  698. Twitches
  699. Ulcerated Colitis
  700. Ulcers Stomach Mouth Nose
  701. Undiagnosed Rash One Side of Body
  702. Unexplained Numbness
  703. Unexplained Tingling Right Side of Body
  704. Unspecified Immunodeficiency
  705. Urinary Tract Infections/Issues
  706. Uterine Cancer
  707. Uterine Fibroids
  708. Uterine Leiomyosarcoma
  709. Uterine Polyps
  710. Urticaria
  711. Vacterl Syndrome
  712. Vaginal Bleeding
  713. Vaginosis
  714. Vascular Headaches
  715. Vasculitis
  716. Varicose Veins
  717. Vertebrae Extra/Missing
  718. Vertigo
  719. Viral Meningitis
  720. Vision Problems
  721. Vitamin B Deficiency
  722. Vitiligo
  723. Vomiting
  724. Von Willebrand’S Disease
  725. Vulvodynia Pain in the Vulva
  726. Weak Enamel In/On Teeth
  727. Weak Muscles Left Leg
  728. Webbed Toes
  729. Weight Loss
  730. Whole Thyroidectomy Surgery
  731. Wolff- Parkinson- White Syndrome

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Agent Orange Food Disorder, AOFD, is an ongoing mutation of cells from …. suffering birth defects as terrible as those found in the Agent Orange contaminated 

‘Legacies of War’

Coeur d’Alene Press Dewey Parker worked on a flight line inspecting airplanes that sprayed the Agent Orange herbicide during the Vietnam War. Today, the Air Force veteran who 

Agent Orange, United States Military Veterans, And Myelodysplastic 

The MDS Beacon I often see Vietnam-era military veterans in my clinic who have been diagnosed with MDS, and they always ask me, “Could Agent Orange exposure have 

What Are GMO? What Is A GMO? What Foods Are Genetically Modified 

OpEdNews  PCB’s & Agent Orange), Dow (Agent Orange and Agent Blue – Arsenic), Bayer (CCD – Colony Collapse Disorder of Bees), BASF (GMO Potatoes), DuPont

AO Victims Grateful to British PM

Salem-News.Com  of Agent Orange, was asked by the Viet Nam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) to present the gifts in person. The gifts comprised a selection of beautiful hand-embroidered linen and colourful hand-painted pictures made by….

Ten Top Reasons Why Food with GMO Ingredients Should Be So Labeled

Meridian Magazine In the past, Monsanto also assured us of the public safety of DDT and Agent Orange as household items, both of which were produced by Monsanto with devastating results. 7. GMO labeling has nothing to do with excessive government intervention and 

@DA NANG: Perception gap over Agent Orange is déjà vu after Fukushima

Asahi Shimbun Highly toxic dioxin, the main ingredient in Agent Orange, continues to be detected  is a Vietnam War veteran, and her mother was born with birth defects.

The pesticides you eat

Salt Lake Tribune Their answer to a failing Roundup system is now “Agent Orange Corn.” The corporate sales pitch is that GMOs increase crop yields and so are needed to feed 

A daughter faces demons of father’s war
CNN
“Yeah, because they’ve seen bad things,” Caitlin said. Christal had spoken with other grown children of Vietnam veterans. But this was the first time she saw herself in a child. Christal contained herself in front of Caitlin. But when she and her mom 

Tribute to Vietnam fallen helps keep Dad in her life
Tribune-Review
Rihn, a respiratory therapist, and about 70 other children of veterans went to Vietnam in 2003 to retrace the footsteps of their fathers. She and her husband, John, and their daughters, Megan, 20, and Alyssa, 17, make several trips a year to Washington 

Fifty years later, US, Vietnam deal with Agent Orange
USA TODAY
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently ruled that numerous ailments are presumed to have been caused by Agent Orange among the Vietnam veterans who have them. The ruling meant these veterans would qualify for certain benefits that had been 

Living With MDS: Why Did I Get Cancer?
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Dr. Steensma’s recent column about Agent Orange reminded me of the many months (or was it years?) I spent kicking myself over every poor decision I had ever made about my health. It also caused me to re-visit having lived near a dioxin superfund 

Agent Orange leaves lingering, costly aftermath
Reading Eagle
Some were casualties of Agent Orange. “A lot of them that were there had limbs  Tumors, rashes, miscarriages and birth defects were reported in the years 

Deadly rainbow: Veterans suffer from Agent Orange exposure
Montgomery Advertiser
The main dioxin in Agent Orange, 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, or TCDD, is one of the most toxic. During the 1970s, veterans returning from Vietnam 

Air Force Vietnam veteran wants other vets to learn about Agent Orange Registry
ABC Action News
It did, it floored me,” recalled Bob Wood. When Wood suffered a heart attack two years ago, doctors at the Haley VA Hospital told him his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam contributed to his heart disease. “This is unbelievable,” Wood thought at the

A Battle Unending: The Vietnam War and Agent Orange
the Diplomat
By Simon Roughneen While the Vietnam War ended decades ago, its effects continue to linger on.Agent Orange haunts the lives of the people it has touched.

Monsanto and Genetically Engineered Food: Playing Roulette With 
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Is Monsanto the most pernicious global corporation when it comes to GMOs They lied to us about the safety of PCB’s, DDT and Agent Orange

Sister of Agent Orange victim says battle for recognition far from over
GlobalNews.ca
Bertrand was one of about 30 people who got compensation from the federal government after it overturned a decision to deny claims for people diagnosed with Agent Orange-related illnesses past a June 30, 2011 deadline. Timeline: The fight for Agent 

WMU professor’s book analyzes effects of Agent Orange
Western Herald
Ed Martini, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently published Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty, a book that better explains the chemical used during the Vietnam War.

Dioxin, TCE Drums, U-235 and El Toro’s Panhandle
Salem-News.Com
We do know that one El Toro Marine who never served in Vietnam died from Agent Orange exposure, Dr. Chuck Bennett over 12 years ago cited two Orange County experts who examined soil samples from the panhandle and found weapons grade U-235 

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Three decades ago, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC was officially dedicated on Nov. 13th 1982. Consisting of two reflective walls that span 

Veterans Corner: Vietnam service ‘presumptive’ disability benefits
Hanford Sentinel
Certain conditions are also recognized for the children of Vietnam veterans. Covered birth defects include a wide range conditions. Eighteen defects are specifically included and others not specifically excluded are covered. Vietnam veterans who served…
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THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE ARTICLE IS MISLEADING AND INCORRECT

“VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. If one of these conditions is diagnosed in a veteran, VA presumes that the circumstances of his/her service caused the condition and disability compensation can be awarded.”

Let’s start with using the term, Agent Orange Dioxin. This is the “unique circumstance” our military members were exposed to, by their own government.

I think it’s totally disrespectful to not mention what the disability compensation is connected to.

The government used a chemical herbicide nicknamed Agent Orange (due to the orange stripe on the barrel). They used 22 million gallons on Southeast Asia to kill the vegetation, and deny the enemy cover. This chemical was also used along the Korean DMZ. Our government told our military was safe. What our troops were unaware of is that it contained Dioxin the most poisonous chemical known to man. Well, they found out, alright. Years later, our Vietnam Veterans began becoming seriously ill. Many died young, many young men acquired “old man” diseases with no prior family history all while our government denied their poison had any role in harming them.

The government waited till 1991 to help our veterans, prior to that they were called crazy or faking. The process has been so slow to help our Vietnam Veterans that even after they started to “Presume” a few illnesses, many Vets succumb to their illnesses leaving their families with only more questions and no support. There are claims dating back to the early 1980’s for Ischemic Heart disease (Added only to the presumptive list in 2010) still in appeal. This is not an easy process no matter what you may be led to believe. It is a tragedy.

Secondly, this article is disseminating incorrect information about the Children of Vietnam Veterans. After coming home from war, Veterans tried to move on with their lives and start their families. They soon discovered their children were being born with horrifying deformities, cleft Palate, Club foot, hip dysplasia, rare disorders, and strange illnesses. Our Government again turned it’s back.

“Certain conditions are also recognized for the children of Vietnam veterans. Covered birth defects include a wide range conditions. Eighteen defects are specifically included and others not specifically excluded are covered”

“Vietnam veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, and later contracted any of these conditions, or have children with birth defects, should apply for disability compensation benefits.”

This is very frustrating especially if this is supposed to be by someone knowledgeable in this field. There are not 18+ birth defects covered in the children of Male Vietnam Veterans. There is only one Spina Bifida. From the VA website:

Children who have spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta) and meet the following requirements may be eligible for VA compensation, health care, and vocational training:

  • Are biological children of Veterans who served:Were conceived after the date on which the Veteran first entered Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the qualifying service period
    • In Vietnam during the period from January 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975, or
    • In or near the Korean demilitarized zone between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971 and were exposed to herbicides. Veterans who served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone anytime between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971 are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.
  • If you are the child of a Male Vietnam Veteran you are NOT eligible for compensation unless you have Spina Bifida (NOT OCCULTA- the most common form)

There is no help for the thousands and thousands of children of male Vietnam Veterans that are suffering from congenital deformities, Cancers, Autoimmune Diseases, Reproductive Problems and other rare illnesses. There were 2.8 million people that served in Vietnam.  Six to eight thousand of them were women.

 The eighteen, plus birth defects you talk about in this article are only covered in the children of WOMEN Vietnam Veterans NOT in the children of Male Vietnam Veterans even though the children of Male veterans suffer greatly with the same illnesses!

Anyone else who have the birth defects listed whose mother was not a Vietnam Veteran WILL BE DENIED. 

Covered birth defects include, but are not limited to, the following conditions: NOT COVERED IN THE CHILDREN OF MALE VIETNAM VETERANS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Achondroplasia
  • Cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot)
  • Esophageal and intestinal atresia
  • Hallerman-Streiff syndrome
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hirschprung’s disease (congenital megacolon)
  • Hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis
  • Hypospadias
  • Imperforate anus
  • Neural tube defects
  • Poland syndrome
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Syndactyly (fused digits)
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Undescended testicle
  • Williams syndrome

If you are confused over what is or isn’t covered for the Children of Vietnam Veterans feel free to email us at COVVHA@gmail.com

© Heather A. Bowser – (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC

 

Medical History Should Include Military History, Doctor Says
New York Times (blog)
So he was surprised to learn not long ago — from reading a newspaper article — that at least one of those ailments, ischemic heart disease, has been linked to exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, which was used widely in Vietnam. It dawned on him 

Over 200000 veterans exposed to Dioxin
VietNamNet Bridge
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam currently has more than 200000 veterans exposed to Agent Orange/Dioxin and infected with some diseases identified by the US 

Agent Orange remains big health concern
Herald Palladium (subscription)
JOSEPH – A vestige of the Vietnam War is present front and center at the Berrien County Veterans Service Office. Dozens of veterans of the war, which ended in 1975, call or visit to get help in filing claims for illnesses and conditions attributed to 

Monsanto On Verge of $40 Million GMO Bailout in Europe: Report
DeathRattleSports.com
Monsanto GMO Bailout in Europe A Sign of Things to Come?  a company that moved from producing Agent Orange during the Vietnam War to using their 

Conditions recognized as related to exposure to Agent Orange
Journal Times
The following presumptive conditions are recognized by the Veterans Affairs as related to Agent Orange exposure for veterans who served in county in Vietnam during Jan. 9, 1962, through May 7, 1975. • AL Amyloidosis — A rare disease caused when an 

Vietnamese still fighting for recognition of Agent Orange impact
Toronto Star
They are, she believes, victims of the Agent Orange dumped on Vietnam’s  found “compelling evidence” linking a rise in birth defects and miscarriages in 

A toxic disaster
The Korea Herald
Authorities estimate that 4.8 million were exposed to Agent Orange dioxin in  causing men exposed to Agent Orange to father children with birth defects.

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Memories of the Vietnam War are dimming, but veterans and Vietnamese nationals who were exposed to Agent Orange and other dioxin-laced defoliants are 

 

 

 

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On October 16, 2011, Kelly L. Derricks (TRUTH TELLER) traveled to New York City where she gave a public speech about Agent Orange after being invited by Millions Against Monsanto to participate in the rally event for World Food Day.  Below is the video recording of that speech.

Kelly has battled severe health issues since she was born that continue today. Some of her illnesses, presumed to be associated with the inter-generational effects of Agent Orange, include but are not limited to the following:

• Chronic kidney disease
• Crohn’s disease
• Addison’s disease
• Congenital adrenal hyperplaysia
• Intersticial cystitis.

*Her complete list of illnesses staggers to 30 different things.

Kelly continues to fight for the Children of Vietnam Veterans as well as Vietnam Veterans and their families. In January of 2012 She Co-Founded The Non-Profit Organization (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC

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Published on Nov 4, 2012
This is the English-language version of Defoliated Island, a Japanese
award-winning documentary about the usage of Agent Orange on Okinawa
during the Vietnam War. Produced by Okinawa TV station, QAB, the show won national acclaim in Japan when it was first aired in May 2012.

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This video explores the perspectives of three generations of Agent Orange survivors offering a rare insight into non-Vietnamese survivors highlighting the global scale of this issue. Additionally, Jon Mitchell, a Welsh born journalist now residing in Yokohama explains his groundbreaking work in helping to uncover the use, storage and burial of Agent Orange on the Japanese islands of Okinawa. Through the video, viewers can see how these inspiring individuals used their time aboard Peace Boat to spread the messages of this issue as well as their time on land in Da Nang, Vietnam; where they were able to visit a support center for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.
Special thanks to
Heather Bowser (Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance), Kenneth H. Young, Jenna Mack, Jon Mitchell
&
Da Nang Center for Agent Orange and Disadvantaged Children


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On Monday November 12, 2012, Kelly L. Derricks and Karen Y. Wengert were please to return to the Organic View Radio Show, hosted by June Stoyer,  for a special Veterans Day feature about Agent Orange and the children of Vietnam Veterans.

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During the Vietnam War, 25,000 barrels of Agent Orange were stored on Okinawa, according to a recently uncovered U.S. army report.1 The barrels, containing over 1.4 million gallons (5.2 million liters) of the toxic defoliant, had been brought to Okinawa from Vietnam before being taken to Johnston Island in the Pacific Ocean where the US military incinerated its stocks of Agent Orange in 1977.

The army report is the first time the U.S. military has acknowledged the presence of these poisons on Okinawa – and it contradicts repeated denials from the Pentagon that Agent Orange was ever on the island. At the same time that the document was revealed, a series of photographs was also uncovered apparently showing the 25,000 barrels in storage on Okinawa’s Camp Kinser near Naha City.

The army report, published in 2003, is titled “An Ecological Assessment of Johnston Atoll”. Outlining the military’s efforts to clean up the tiny island that the U.S. used throughout the Cold War to store and dispose of its stockpiles of biochemical weapons, the report states, “In 1972, the U.S. Air Force brought about 25,000 55-gallon (208 liter) drums of the chemical Herbicide Orange (HO) to Johnston Island that originated from Vietnam and was stored on Okinawa.”

Read Full Article – http://www.japanfocus.org/-Jon-Mitchell/3838
This is a revised and expanded version of an article that appeared in The Japan Times on August 7, 2012. 
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120807a2.html
 
Jon Mitchell teaches at Tokyo Institute of Technology and is an Asia-Pacific Journal associate. In September 2012, “Defoliated Island”, a TV documentary based upon his research, was awarded a commendation for excellence by Japan’s National Association of Commercial Broadcasters. An English version of the program is currently in production in order to assist U.S. veterans exposed to military defoliants on Okinawa.  Updates on the issue can be found here – 
http://www.jonmitchellinjapan.com/agent-orange-on-okinawa.html 
 
1. The full document, “An Ecological Assessment of Johnston Atoll”, can be accessed from the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity homepage here
http://www.cma.army.mil/publications.aspx?criteria=site&value=JACADS
2. For a concise overview of the campaign to ban Agent Orange see Philip Jones Griffiths, “Agent Orange – ‘Collateral Damage in Viet Nam”,  Trolley Ltd., London, 2003
 http://www.amazon.com/Agent-Orange-Collateral-Damage-Vietnam/dp/1904563058
3. For a more detailed explanation of Operation Red Hat, see: Jon Mitchell, “Military defoliants on Okinawa: Agent Orange”, The Asia-Pacific Journal, September 12, 2011
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Jon-Mitchell/3601
4. The full text of the V.A. ruling is available here
http://www.va.gov/vetapp09/files5/0941781.txt
5. From interviews with author conducted Summer 2012 see also
http://www.guamagentorange.info/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Johnston_Atoll_History261114404.225173000.pdf
6. For an account of Okinawan NGO Citizens’ Network for Biodiversity’s June 2012 meeting with Okinawa Prefecture see here
http://okinawaoutreach.blogspot.jp/2012/06/okinawa-ngo-discusses-with-okinawa.html
7. See for example Fred Wilcox, Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, Seven Stories Press, New York, 2011.
http://www.fredawilcox.com/scorched_earth__legacies_of_chemical_warfare_in_vietnam_99600.htm
8. See Jon Mitchell. “U.S. Veteran Exposes Pentagon’s Denials of Agent Orange Use on Okinawa,” The Asia- Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 17, No. 2.
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Jon-Mitchell/3740
9. See for example: Jon Mitchell, ‘Agent Orange on Okinawa – New Evidence,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 48 No
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Jon-Mitchell/3652
10. See Okinawa NGO discusses with Okinawa Prefecture over Agent Orange: 
http://okinawaoutreach.blogspot.jp/2012/06/okinawa-ngo-discusses-with-okinawa.html
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We here at COVVHA, get this question a lot…

When I made my first trip to Vietnam, my biggest fear was that I would be considered a traitor, a war sympathizer, and God forbid, a Hanoi Jane (A.K.A. Hanoi Heather). Even after my first trip, I was a little hesitant to start speaking out. Then it happened. I just started sharing my experiences with others. To my surprise, as I started speaking out, many American Vietnam Veterans came to me asking questions. They would ask, “Did you go to XXX? I served there, what is it like now?” Others would speak of the topography, where they went on R&R, more than one told me of a lost love, asking if I met any Vietnamese American children. Some would tentatively ask how I was treated by the Vietnamese. When I would tell the stories of meeting aging Vietnamese veterans, who once fought for the North or South, and how they would listen to my family’s tragic Agent Orange story, and tear up, then tell me through the translator, how they are very sick from diabetes, cancers and heart conditions and how their children are very ill or dead. The American Veteran would listen, and then more often than not say, “I’m glad you went, I’m not sure if I would go back, but I’m glad you went. I know your Dad is very proud of you.” That was all the affirmation I needed. I was on the right path. It took the men who are living the long Shadow of the Vietnam War to give me the courage I needed.

A few times, and I say very few, because it’s only happened twice, I have been called a “War sympathizer,” I will tell you no Vietnam Veteran has ever called me such. Maybe they are too polite or too pissed to speak with me, I get that, but I’ve never had that experience. When it has happened, I have said, I am not a war sympathizer, I am a humanitarian, the war is over, and our countries are at peace with each other. The mental, and physical pain left from the war is not over, on either side, but the actual taking up arms and killing each other is.

The Vastness of the problem with Agent Orange in Vietnam took till my third trip to even grasp. Vietnam is roughly the same size in square miles as the state of New Mexico. Vietnam reports it has over three million Agent Orange victims. Now think about a county in your state. In one small province in Vietnam I visited, there were 14,000 Agent Orange Victims, 7,000 of them were second generation victims. Can you imagine? Remember the polio epidemic? If it were happening again, would you just sit by and watch? Now, not only throw in the polio epidemic, but also throw in extreme poverty, very poor health care and toxic local environments that are continuing to poison the food supply, creating more victims. This is the current state of things in Vietnam. Would you support those who were doing the work to stop it, and improve the conditions of innocent children? There are many trying to stop this epidemic in Vietnam.

How can helping those offspring affected by Agent Orange in Vietnam help the offspring of Vietnam Veterans in the US or Australia? Currently, there is more research going on in Vietnam on issues of Agent Orange than anywhere else in the world. In Vietnam, there are more supporters globally then there have ever been for the children of US or Australian Veterans. Ninety nine percent of these global supporters do not even know there are Agent Orange offspring Victims in the United States or Australia. If none of the children of American Vietnam Vets or Australian Vietnam Vets are speaking out and educating those in the global community that we are in fact here, how will they ever know? How will they ever know we need help with health care costs and the like?
Why is all this research happening and global supporters still do not know other victims exist? Number one, it is the multitudes of identifiable Agent Orange victims in Vietnam. Remember, three million victims in the area as large as the state of New Mexico. Secondly, it has to do with the fact that Vietnam acknowledges there is a problem, unlike the Australian and US Governments, and invites researchers in to try to help. I do have to have a side note to say, at least the Australian Government has been more open to appropriate research. Our governments and chemical companies have worked hard to dismiss the Vietnam Veteran’s story of suffering in their children and stifle any real research. Then they turn around and say, there are no reputable studies on the affects of Dioxin in the offspring of Vietnam Veterans
.
Wouldn’t it be helpful if this international support would come to the offspring of American and Australian Agent Orange victims as well? Especially after the last 40 years that our own governments have turned their back on our Fathers, and our families. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the same pressure that is happening in Vietnam to require the government to create social/medical change for the victims of Agent Orange could also happen in the US and Australia? Unless the children of American and Australian Vietnam Veterans engage with the rest of the world, it will pass us by while we wait for our governments to just do the right thing. How much longer should we be passive?

There is something to be said for the emotional healing that has happened for me as a result of my trips to Vietnam. I was once extremely bitter, especially after my own Father died as a result of his AO illnesses. It changed me to see other disabled children born after the war, who also like myself, had no say in the politics of the 60’s, interacting and caring for each other. Their simple acts of compassion for each other helped heal a very lonely place left in my heart from childhood. It’s also given me hope by watching Non Government Organizations, physically help those in most need in Vietnam. I see what could be. I see the future for projects that could meet the unique needs of American and Australian generational victims of Agent Orange. We have to be out there meeting each other, we have to understand the suffering we ALL are going through. One of our dreams is to facilitate a group of American/Australian victims of Agent Orange to go to Vietnam as a delegation to experience this for themselves. It’s only with doing, engaging and acting can real change happen.

It’s about public relations, building relationships, comparing research, and comparing experiences, that helps not only the greater good, but us in the long run. Some may never agree with me, and that is fine. I am a humanitarian, not a war sympathizer, I have my Father’s approval and that is all I need to continue this work. Caring about the Vietnamese Agent Orange victim really does matter.

© Heather A. Bowser
Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance

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“Dioxin (TCDD) Induces Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult Onset Disease and Sperm Epimutations,”

Dioxin causes disease, reproductive problems across generations

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Since the 1960s, when the defoliant Agent Orange was widely used in Vietnam, military, industry and environmental groups have debated the toxicity of its main ingredient, the chemical dioxin, and how it should be regulated.

But even if all the dioxin were eliminated from the planet, Washington State University researchers say its legacy would live on in the way it turns genes on and off in the descendants of people exposed over the past half century.
Writing in the journal PLoS ONE, biologist Michael Skinner and members of his lab say dioxin administered to pregnant rats resulted in a variety of reproductive problems and disease in subsequent generations. The first generation of rats had prostate disease, polycystic ovarian disease and fewer ovarian follicles, the structures that contain eggs. To the surprise of Skinner and his colleagues, the third generation had even more dramatic incidences of ovarian disease and, in males, kidney disease.
“Therefore, it is not just the individuals exposed, but potentially the great-grandchildren that may experience increased adult-onset disease susceptibility,” says Skinner.
Skinner is a professor of reproductive biology and environmental epigenetics – the process in which environmental factors affect how genes are turned on and off in the offspring of an exposed animal, even though its DNA sequences remain unchanged. In this year alone, Skinner and colleagues have published studies finding epigenetic diseases promoted by jet fuel and other hydrocarbon mixtures, plastics, pesticides and fungicides, as well as dioxin.
The field of epigenetics opens new ground in the study of how diseases and reproductive problems develop. While toxicologists generally focus on animals exposed to a compound, work in Skinner’s lab further demonstrates that diseases can also stem from older, ancestral exposures that are then mediated through epigenetic changes in sperm.
This latest study was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Skinner designed the study; the research was done by Assistant Research Professor Mohan Manikkam, Research Technician Rebecca Tracey and Post-doctoral Researcher Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna.
The study, “Dioxin (TCDD) Induces Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult Onset Disease and Sperm Epimutations,” is embedded below and also available at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0046249.
Contact:
Michael Skinner, WSU Professor of Environmental Epigenetics And Reproductive Biology, 509-335-1524, skinner@wsu.edu

Dioxin (TCDD) Induces Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult Onset Disease and Sperm Epimutations

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The first stage of a two-phase project to remove dioxin-contaminated and cancer-causing sediments from the lower Passaic River, adjacent to the Diamond Alkali Superfund site in the Ironbound section of Newark, has begun yesterday.
Tierra Solutions, current owner of the former Diamond Alkali site, under federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supervision, is initially targeting removal of 40,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment in one of the most toxic waterways in the world.

The Christie Administration last year won legal battles to hold those companies that polluted the lower Passaic River with dioxin responsible for cleaning the river. A Superior Court judge ruled Tierra Solutions Inc. and Occidental Chemical Corp. are liable under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act for past and future costs of cleaning up the contamination.

Occidental Chemical Corp. purchased Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company and merged the companies in the 1980s. Tierra acquired title to the property in 1986 and still owns the site. A trial to determine financial obligations of companies responsible for discharges from the former Diamond Alkali plant is expected to be held next year.
Pesticides manufactured at the Lister Avenue site included Agent Orange and DDT. Agent Orange consisted of a form of dioxin, known as 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). This is one of the most toxic chemicals ever produced and is linked to cancer.

In 1983, then-Governor Thomas H. Kean declared a state of emergency and authorized the DEP to take steps to protect human health and the environment following the discovery of extremely elevated levels of dioxin in the river. Shortly thereafter, the plant site and river were placed on the EPA’s National Priorities List, making this a Superfund site.
Dioxin concentrations in Passaic River fish and crabs are among the highest reported in the world and present a serious threat to the public and wildlife. Consumption of dioxin-contaminated crabs and fish greatly increases cancer risks. As a result, the state has imposed fishing and crabbing bans in the Passaic River and Newark Bay for more than 25 years.

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“Letter To Director of Veterans Administration Regarding Agent Orange”

Dear Secretary Shinseki:

I chair our small group of veterans who flew and maintained the Fairchild C-123K “Provider” for ten years following the Vietnam War. These aircraft remained poisoned from the war, with dioxin intense enough to be labeled by Air Force scientists as “heavily contaminated” and “a danger to public health.”

When we asked the Air Force and VA to investigate, we were instead given two press releases explaining that, while the aircraft “may” have been contaminated, there wasn’t enough TCDD left to likely cause long-term health problems for our veterans.

VA’s position was quickly challenged, in particular by the Toxicology Department of Oregon Health Sciences University and the School of Public Health at Columbia. Further, on 26 January 2011, the deputy director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry stated that our veterans were most likely exposed, and over a long time, and at a level about 200 times more likely to cause cancer. He also said our exposure was probably even more intense in the decade we flew, which was as much as 22 years before that first scientific testing.

General, any observer would conclude that the VA’s threshold of probably has been well-met in our case. Our aircrews, maintenance personnel, flight nurses and medics have been exposed to dioxin, our parent service has confirmed this contamination and its danger, and the federal agency responsible for reaching the definitive conclusion about that has voiced their finding quite clearly. Any benefit of the doubt must rest in our favor, but there is little doubt about this issue.

We must ask that the Department withdraw its statements concerning the lack of TCDD contamination and the unlikelihood of personnel exposure. Outside scientists have called the VA’s preparation of their C-123 position “unscientific.” Some of the authors cited have specifically asked that their works have no relation to aircrew exposure. Several of the authors cited insist aircrews have been exposed, and yet the inference of the VA reports is that the sum of evidence available speaks against a reasonable possibility of aircrew exposure.

That simply is not so. Yet, these statements discourage veterans from considering Agent Orange claims. The statements discourage VSOs from working on our claims, regardless of our proven legitimate eligibility for claiming TCDD exposure.

Benefit of the doubt is supposed to fall on the veteran’s side. We have exceeded the threshold of any reasonable benefit of the doubt, and indeed quite the opposite – there is very little doubt that we weren’t exposed.

As we understand it, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs can designate our aircraft (since destroyed by the USAF because of their contamination) as Agent Orange exposure sites. Please do so. If instead, some other action on your part leads to our veterans receiving medical care for their Agent Orange-presumptive illnesses, please bring us relief via that path instead.

As volunteer aircrews we willingly flew these older airplanes and accepted the extra hazards of flight inherent in them. The Army really needed these aircraft and their unique short-field capabilities, as we proved in several REFORGER exercises. Nobody knew about the contamination during the years we flew but certainly everyone knows now! Our duty was to fly, and now the VA’s duty is to address our medical concerns resulting from exposure to dioxin.

We’d be grateful for an opportunity to discuss this with you or a representative, but we’d be better served by your executive action in designating our old airplanes as Agent Orange hotspots so that we can proceed with fair evaluation of our claims.

And our claim, sir, is “Boots on the Airplane.”

Sincerely,
For the C-123 Veterans:
Wesley T. Carter, Major, USAF Retired Chair

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“Letter To Director of Veterans Administration Regarding Agent Orange”

Dear Secretary Shinseki:

I chair our small group of veterans who flew and maintained the Fairchild C-123K “Provider” for ten years following the Vietnam War. These aircraft remained poisoned from the war, with dioxin intense enough to be labeled by Air Force scientists as “heavily contaminated” and “a danger to public health.”

When we asked the Air Force and VA to investigate, we were instead given two press releases explaining that, while the aircraft “may” have been contaminated, there wasn’t enough TCDD left to likely cause long-term health problems for our veterans.

VA’s position was quickly challenged, in particular by the Toxicology Department of Oregon Health Sciences University and the School of Public Health at Columbia. Further, on 26 January 2011, the deputy director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry stated that our veterans were most likely exposed, and over a long time, and at a level about 200 times more likely to cause cancer. He also said our exposure was probably even more intense in the decade we flew, which was as much as 22 years before that first scientific testing.

General, any observer would conclude that the VA’s threshold of probably has been well-met in our case. Our aircrews, maintenance personnel, flight nurses and medics have been exposed to dioxin, our parent service has confirmed this contamination and its danger, and the federal agency responsible for reaching the definitive conclusion about that has voiced their finding quite clearly. Any benefit of the doubt must rest in our favor, but there is little doubt about this issue.

We must ask that the Department withdraw its statements concerning the lack of TCDD contamination and the unlikelihood of personnel exposure. Outside scientists have called the VA’s preparation of their C-123 position “unscientific.” Some of the authors cited have specifically asked that their works have no relation to aircrew exposure. Several of the authors cited insist aircrews have been exposed, and yet the inference of the VA reports is that the sum of evidence available speaks against a reasonable possibility of aircrew exposure.

That simply is not so. Yet, these statements discourage veterans from considering Agent Orange claims. The statements discourage VSOs from working on our claims, regardless of our proven legitimate eligibility for claiming TCDD exposure.

Benefit of the doubt is supposed to fall on the veteran’s side. We have exceeded the threshold of any reasonable benefit of the doubt, and indeed quite the opposite – there is very little doubt that we weren’t exposed.

As we understand it, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs can designate our aircraft (since destroyed by the USAF because of their contamination) as Agent Orange exposure sites. Please do so. If instead, some other action on your part leads to our veterans receiving medical care for their Agent Orange-presumptive illnesses, please bring us relief via that path instead.

As volunteer aircrews we willingly flew these older airplanes and accepted the extra hazards of flight inherent in them. The Army really needed these aircraft and their unique short-field capabilities, as we proved in several REFORGER exercises. Nobody knew about the contamination during the years we flew but certainly everyone knows now! Our duty was to fly, and now the VA’s duty is to address our medical concerns resulting from exposure to dioxin.

We’d be grateful for an opportunity to discuss this with you or a representative, but we’d be better served by your executive action in designating our old airplanes as Agent Orange hotspots so that we can proceed with fair evaluation of our claims.

And our claim, sir, is “Boots on the Airplane.”

Sincerely,
For the C-123 Veterans:
Wesley T. Carter, Major, USAF Retired Chair

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