Three years ago, Steven Hay-Chapman began a solo walk on Veteran’s Day to raise money for charities that help veterans and their families. On Saturday, for the first time, Hay-Chapman opened his Patches Walk for Victims of Agent Orange and Other Veterans to the public.
“A lot of the public will say these are illnesses that the common public can get,” Shelia Snyder, the wife of an Agent Orange victim and owner of the Quilt Of Tears, said.
“But if I become diabetic, if I do the fitness thing, the diet and everything, I can probably control it very well and be OK. The veteran that has this in their system, the odds of being OK and being able to control it are almost nonexistent.”
The effects of Agent Orange are even worse than a one-generation problem because dioxins in the body can be passed at birth. Shuster, who spent 13 years in the biomedical field, said the effects of Agent Orange continue because children are born with birth defects due to the chemical.