Tuesday, May 28, 2013


At this time, Agent Orange Legacy is gathering health information about our members to help us better understand the issues affecting them. It is not known if these illnesses are caused by their veteran parent(s) exposure to Agent Orange except for spina bifida.

Our task is to report the facts. To date we have found that a very large percentage of our members suffer from multiple illnesses.  This is the list of birth defects, illnesses, diseases, mental health issues etc. reported by our members as of June 2010

This list also includes symptoms reported which remain un-diagnosed.  Many of the children suffer from symptoms which are unexplained or remain untreated.

We are still working on the list. More information will be added as it becomes available.  Updated June 30, 2012.

Agent Orange Legacy does not claim that these illnesses are or are not caused by our member(s) veteran parent(s)exposure to Agent Orange. We do, however, believe that a great many of the reported birth defects, autoimmune and rare diseases, mental health illness and learning disabilities are related to the veteran parent(s)exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic substances.  We also believe that no matter the cause that there is enough evidence to prove that the children of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange are experiencing a health crisis and so are their children.  Thus requiring the attention of our elected officials and our government.

Please make an effort and take the time to document how Agent Orange has effected  your life.  It is imperative that we create Congressional Testimony to present to our elected officials so we can begin to address this crisis among our children and grandchildren.  If you have questions about how you can get started please email us at aolegacy@gmail.com.
  1.     Abnormal PAPs
  2.     Acid Reflux
  3.     Acne Issues (Undefined, Cystic)
  4.     Addiction
  5.     Addison's Disease
  6.     Adrenal Gland Tumors
  7.     Alcoholism
  8.     Allergies (Antibiotic/Others)
  9.     Alopecia
  10.     Amblyopia
  11.     Amenorrhoea
  12.     Amputation
  13.     Ancephaly
  14.     Anemia
  15.     Anger Issues
  16.     Angiodema
  17.     Ankylogossia
  18.     Ankylosing Spondylitis
  19.     Anorexia
  20.     Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  21.     Anxiety
  22.     Aolpecia Areata
  23.     Aphasia
  24.     Appendicitis (Cancerous/Undefined)
  25.     Arachnoid Cyst
  26.     Arnold Chiari Malformation * See Chiari below
  27.     Arthritis
  28.     Arthritis (Juvenile)
  29.     Arterial Vienous Malformation (AVM)
  30.     Aspergers
  31.     Asthma
  32.     Ataxia
  33.     Atrial Fibullation
  34.     Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  35.     Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  36.     Autism (ASD)
  37.     Autoimmune Disorders
  38.     Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction
  39.     Back & Disc Problems
  40.     Bacterial Infections
  41.     Balance Problem
  42.     Bell's Palsy
  43.     Berger's Disease (Kidney Disease)
  44.     Bicornate Uterus
  45.     Bicuspid Aorta Heart Valve
  46.     Bilateral Baker's Cysts
  47.     Bipartide Patellas
  48.     Bipolar Disorder
  49.     Bladder Issues Infections/Overactive
  50.     Bleeding Issues
  51.     Blindness
  52.     Blood Issues (Undefined)
  53.     Blood in Urine (Undefined)
  54.     Blood Vessel Issues
  55.     Boils
  56.     Bone Cancer
  57.     Bone Spurs/Problems (Undefined)
  58.     Bones Missing at Birth
  59.     Bowel Deformity/Issues
  60.     Brain Issues (Water on the Brain, etc.)
  61.     Brain Stem (Small)
  62.     Brain Lesions Aneurism/Tumors/Surgery
  63.     Breathing Problems (Undefined)
  64.     Breast Cancer
  65.     Broncitis/Bronchial Spasms
  66.     Bursitis
  67.     Calcium Deficiency
  68.     Camptodactyly
  69.     Cancer (Undefined)
  70.     Cardiac Ahhrythmia
  71.     Cardiac Deformity
  72.     Cardo Sarcoma
  73.     Carpal Tunnel
  74.     Caudal Regression
  75.     Cava Perthes
  76.     Celiac Disease
  77.     Cellulitis Infections
  78.     Central Nervous System Disorder
  79.     Cerebal Palsy
  80.     Cerebellum Issues (Undefined)
  81.     Cerebra Anuersysm
  82.     Cervical Cancer
  83.     Cervical Dysplasia/Incompetency
  84.     Chairi Malformation (Assoc.w/ Spina Bifida)
  85.     Chloracne
  86.     Chromosome Abnormalities
  87.     Chronic Fatique and Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS)
  88.     Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  89.     Chemical Sensitivities
  90.     Chloracne
  91.     Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  92.     Cleft Palate, Lips
  93.     Club Foot (Talipes Equinovarus)
  94.     Cognitive Issues
  95.     Cold/Flu (Chronic)
  96.     Cold Hands/Feet
  97.     Collapsed Vertebre
  98.     Colon Issues
  99.     Compromised Immune System
  100.     Congenital Heart Blockage
  101.     Congenital Adrenal Hypoplasia
  102.     Congenial Scoliosis
  103.     Connective Tissue Disorder
  104.     Conversion Disorder
  105.     Constipation/Cramping
  106.     Costrocondritis
  107.     Cranial Synthesis
  108.     Crohn's Disease
  109.     Crossed Eyes (Newborn)
  110.     Cryoglobulinemia
  111.     Cushing's Syndrome
  112.     Cystic Fibrosis
  113.     Cysts
  114.     Debilitating muscle spasms
  115.     Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)
  116.     Deformed Sinuses
  117.     Deformed Arms/Legs/Fingers/Toes/Feet
  118.     Deformity of Chest/Breast
  119.     Deformity of the Face/Head/Neck
  120.     Deformity of Shoulders/Muscles
  121.     Degenerative Disc/Bone Disease
  122.     Degenerative Ligament Tissue
  123.     Degenerative Joint Disease
  124.     Dehydration
  125.     Dental Problems
  126.     Depression
  127.     Dermetitis
  128.     Developmental Delay
  129.     Deviated Septum
  130.     Dextrocardia
  131.     Diabetes Type I
  132.     Diabetes Type II
  133.     Diagonal Earlobe Crease
  134.     Diarrhea
  135.     Digestive Issues
  136.     Disc Desiccation
  137.     Dissociative Disorder
  138.     Diverticulitis
  139.     Dizzy Spells
  140.     Double Hernia @ Birth
  141.     Double Ureater
  142.     Double Uterus/Cervix
  143.     Double Uvula
  144.     Drug Abuse
  145.     Duane Syndrome
  146.     Dwarfism
  147.     Dysautonomia
  148.     Dysphaxia
  149.     Dyslexia
  150.     Dysthymia (AKA Chronic Depression)
  151.     Ear Infections/Problems/Surgeries/Tubes
  152.     Ectopic Pregnancy
  153.     Eczema
  154.     Elevated Heart Rate
  155.     Emotional Problems
  156.     Endocrine Disorders
  157.     Endomertil Cancer
  158.     Endometrial Hyperplasia
  159.     Endometriosis
  160.     Epilepsy
  161.     Excessive Sweating
  162.     Exotropia
  163.     Eye Problems (Undefined)
  164.     Facet Joint Syndrome
  165.     Facial Aplasia
  166.     Familial Tremor
  167.     Fatigue (Chronic, Syndrome)
  168.     Felty's Syndrome
  169.     Fever (Undefined)
  170.     Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  171.     Fibromyalgia
  172.     Follicular Lymphoma/Large B Cell Lymphoma
  173.     Food Allergies
  174.     Foot Deformity/Issues/Burning
  175.     Fragile X Syndrome
  176.     Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
  177.     Fused Digits
  178.     Fused Veterbrae/Disc
  179.     Gall Bladder Disease/Stones/Removal
  180.     Ganglian Cysts
  181.     Gastritis (Acid Reflux)
  182.     Gastrointestinal Problems
  183.     Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  184.     Gastroparesis
  185.     Gene Mutations (4G4G)
  186.     Gerd
  187.     Glaucoma
  188.     Glioblastoma
  189.     Gluten Intolerance
  190.     Goiter
  191.     Goldenhar Syndrome
  192.     Gout
  193.     Grave's Disease
  194.     Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)
  195.     Growths/Lumps on Skull
  196.     Hair Loss
  197.     Hashimoto's
  198.     Head Sores
  199.     Headaches
  200.     Hearing Loss/Deafness
  201.     Heart Attack
  202.     Heart Disease
  203.     Heart Failure
  204.     Heart Defect/Murmur/Newborn
  205.     Heart Problems/Surgery (Undefined)
  206.     Heat Intolerance
  207.     Hemangioma
  208.     Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
  209.     Hernia
  210.     Herniated Discs
  211.     High Blood Pressure
  212.     High Cholesterol
  213.     High Pulse Rate
  214.     Hip Deformity/Pain/Surgery/Undefined
  215.     Hip Dysplasia (Congential)
  216.     Hip Pain (Undefined)
  217.     Hip Replacement
  218.     Hives
  219.     Histiocytosis
  220.     Hodgekin's Lymphoma
  221.     Hormone Issues/Replacement
  222.     Hydradenitis Supprativa
  223.     Hydrocephalus
  224.     Hylan Membrane
  225.     Hymen Issues (Partially Intact)
  226.     Hypercoaguagulibility
  227.     Hyperhomocysteinomia
  228.     Hyperinsulimia
  229.     Hyperlipidemia
  230.     Hypermobility Issues/Surgeries
  231.     Hypertension
  232.     Hyperthyroidism
  233.     Hypoplastic Heart
  234.     Hypoplaisa – Entire Right SIde
  235.     Hypoglycemia
  236.     Hypospadias
  237.     Hypothyroid/Hypothyroidism
  238.     Hysterectomy
  239.     Idiopathic Intercranial Hypertension (IIH)
  240.     Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) Platelet Disorder
  241.     Imperforate Anus
  242.     Immune System Issues (Undefined & IVIG Infusions)
  243.     Infertility
  244.     Insulin Resistance
  245.     Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
  246.     Insomnia
  247.     Intracranial Cyst
  248.     Iron Deficiency
  249.     Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  250.     Ischemic Heart Disease
  251.     "Jaw Deformity/Surgery"
  252.     Joint & Muscle Problems/Pain
  253.     Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
  254.     Keratosis Pilaris
  255.     Kidney Issues/Infections/Cysts
  256.     Kidney Disease/Surgery
  257.     Kidney Stones
  258.     Kienbock's Disease
  259.     Knee Problems/Dysplasia/Pain/Surgery
  260.     Knee Replacement
  261.     Lateral Mycrotia
  262.     Learning Disabilities
  263.     Lethargy
  264.     Leukemia
  265.     Liver Disease (Fatty/Undefined)
  266.     Liver Inflamation/Other
  267.     Liver Lesions
  268.     Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
  269.     Loss of Skin Pigment
  270.     Loss of Strength in Limbs
  271.     Low Blood Count (Red)
  272.     Low Blood Pressure
  273.     Low Estrogen
  274.     Low Potassium
  275.     Lumbarization (Extra Vertebrae)
  276.     Lung Deformity (3rd Lung)
  277.     Lung Disease/Nodules/Tumors/Clots
  278.     Lupus
  279.     Lupus of the Skin
  280.     Lyhocytic Thyroiditis
  281.     Lymphatic Tumors/Lymphangioma
  282.     Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  283.     Lymphoma
  284.     Macrodactyly
  285.     Marfan Syndrome
  286.     Melanoma
  287.     Memory Loss
  288.     Memory Retention Problems
  289.     Menopause Issues (Early)
  290.     Menare's Disease
  291.     Menstrual Cycle Issues
  292.     Mental Health Issues
  293.     Menorrhagia
  294.     Metabolic Syndromes
  295.     Methicillin Staphylococcus Resistant Aureus (MSRA)
  296.     Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR)
  297.     Microtia
  298.     Migraine Headaches
  299.     Miscarriages
  300.     Missing Digits
  301.     Missing Limbs/Body Parts
  302.     Mittelschmerz
  303.     Mitral Valve Prolapse
  304.     Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD)
  305.     Motor Development (Slow@childhood)
  306.     Mullerian Aplasia
  307.     Multiple Sclerosis
  308.     Muscle Spasms/Pain/Numbness (Undefined)
  309.     Musco-Skeletal Problems
  310.     Muscular Dystrophy (MS)
  311.     Myasthenia Gravis
  312.     Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  313.     Mycrobaterium Gordonia
  314.     Nasal Cancer
  315.     Nasal Polyps
  316.     Nausea/Vomiting
  317.     Neck Pain/Problems
  318.     Neuralgia
  319.     Neurocardiogenic
  320.     Neurological Problem (Undefined)
  321.     Neuropathy
  322.     Neutropenia
  323.     Nevus Sebacious
  324.     Night Blindness
  325.     Night Terrors
  326.     Non-Hodgekin's Lymphoma
  327.     Nosebleeds
  328.     Numbness in Hands & Feet
  329.     Numbness in Body/Limbs
  330.     Nystagmus
  331.     Obesity
  332.     Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  333.     Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  334.     Orthostatic Hypotension
  335.     Osteoarthritis
  336.     Osteochrondritis
  337.     Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  338.     Osteopenia
  339.     Osteoporosis
  340.     Otosclerosis
  341.     Ovarian Cancer
  342.     Ovarian Cysts/Other
  343.      Pain (Undefined)
  344.     Palate Problems
  345.     Pancreatitis
  346.     Pancytopenia
  347.     Panic Disorder/Attacks
  348.     Paralysis
  349.     Parasthesias
  350.     Paricarditis
  351.     Pars Plaintis
  352.     Pectus Excavatum
  353.     Pelvic Reconstruction/Issues
  354.     Peptic Ulchers
  355.     Peripheral Nervous System Disorder
  356.     Peripheral Nueropathy
  357.     Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)
  358.     Personality Disorder
  359.     Pityriasis
  360.     Pituitary Issues/Tumors
  361.     Pierre Robin Sequence
  362.     Planar Spaciatis
  363.     Pneumonia Childhood / Recurring
  364.     Poland Syndrome
  365.     Poliosis
  366.     Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD)
  367.     Polycythemia Vera
  368.     Polymyositis
  369.     Porphyria
  370.     Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  371.     Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  372.     Potassium Issues
  373.     Preclamsia
  374.     Primitive Neuro-Ectodermal Tumor (PNET)
  375.     Pregnancy Complications (Undefined)
  376.     Pregnancy, Partial Molar
  377.     Premature Births
  378.     Premature Menopause
  379.     Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
  380.     Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  381.     Primitive Neuro-Ectodermal Tumor
  382.     Prolactinemia
  383.     Prolapsed Cervix
  384.     Prostate Problems/Enlarged
  385.     Psoriasis
  386.     Psoriatic arthritis
  387.     Psoriatic Rheumatoid Arthritis
  388.     Psuedotumor Cerbri
  389.     Psuedo-Obstruction (Intestinal, Neurological)
  390.     Ptosis
  391.     Pulmonary Edema
  392.     Pulmonary Fibrosis/Other (Undefined)
  393.     Pulmonary Embolism
  394.     Pulmonary Restriction
  395.     Pyloric Stenosis
  396.     Rashes (Undefined)
  397.     Rashes (Newborn)
  398.     Raynaud's Disease
  399.     Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
  400.     Renal Failure
  401.     Reproductive Problems (Female)
  402.     Respiratory Infections/Distress
  403.     Restless Leg Syndrome
  404.     Retroverted Uterus
  405.     Rheumatoid Arthritis
  406.     Rheumatic Fever
  407.     Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy RSD/CRPS
  408.     Rosacea
  409.     Sacral Agenesis
  410.     Sacral Luburalization
  411.     Salpingitis Isthmica Nodosa (SIN)
  412.     Sarcoidosis
  413.     Schizophrenia
  414.     Scladerma
  415.     Scoliosis
  416.     Seizures
  417.     Seizures, Petit Mal
  418.     Sensitivity to Medications
  419.     Severe Chronic Neutropenia
  420.     Schizophrenia
  421.     Short Term Memory Problems
  422.     Sinus Infections/Problems
  423.     Sjogrens
  424.     Skin Cancer
  425.     Skin Lesions
  426.     Skin Problems/Deformity
  427.     Sleep Apnea, Disorders
  428.     Social Problems
  429.     Spastic Colon
  430.     Speech Problems
  431.     Spina Bifida
  432.     Spina Bifida Occulta
  433.     Spinal Cord Disease/Tumors
  434.     Spinal Deformities
  435.     Spinal Deterioration
  436.     Spinal Surgeries/Pain/Undefined
  437.     Splenetic  Cysts
  438.     Spondyloarthropy
  439.     Spondylolithesis
  440.     Spondylolytis
  441.     Strabismus
  442.     Steatohepatitis
  443.     Stomach Pains/Problems
  444.     Strange Growths
  445.     Strep Throat
  446.     Stress
  447.     Stroke
  448.     Subglottal Stenosis
  449.     Suicidal Tencencies
  450.     Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  451.     Swelling (Undefined)
  452.     Swollen Glands
  453.     Syndactyly
  454.     Syringomyelia
  455.     Tachycardia
  456.     Temporal Arteritis
  457.     Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
  458.     Tendinitis
  459.     Testicle Deformity
  460.     Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  461.     Throat Tumors
  462.     Thyroid Cancer (Hoshimotos)
  463.     Thyroid Issues & Cysts (Hyperthyroidism)
  464.     Thrombophilia
  465.     Torticollis
  466.     Tonsillitis/Tonsillectomy
  467.     Tourtettes
  468.     Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula
  469.     Tremors/Ticks
  470.     Triple X Syndrome
  471.     Truncus Arteriosis
  472.     Tuburculosis (TB)
  473.     Tumors
  474.     Twitches
  475.     Ulcers, Stomach, Mouth, Nose
  476.     Ulcerative Colitus
  477.     Urinary Tract Infections/Issues
  478.     Uterine Cancer
  479.     Uterine Fibroids/Cysts/Other
  480.     Uterine Leiomyosarcoma
  481.     Uticaria
  482.     VACTERL Association
  483.     Vasculitis
  484.     Vascular Headaches
  485.     Vaginal Bleeding
  486.     Vaginosis
  487.     Vertebrae, Extra/Missing
  488.     Vertigo
  489.     Vitiligo
  490.     Vision Problems
  491.     Vomiting
  492.     Weight Loss
  493.     Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome


gary bean said...

Wow, looks like that covers every ailment possible!

pamela said...

My 31 yr old son was just diagnosed with Schizophrenia. thanks to his dad exposure to agent orange in vietnam.

ProudMomma said...

My father is a Vietnam vet. I am 36 and have several of the above diagnosis. The most concerning that I have severe degeneration of the c-spine (neck). Prognosis is not good and my neurosurgeon said this type of degeneration and surgery isn't seen until age 50 and above. My father also has this degeneration but no one else on either side of the family has had these issues. Could this be from his agent Orange exposure in Vietnam?

Anonymous said...

Thanks to his dad? Thanks to the poison. Sorry you make it sound like its his fault

dee said...
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dee said...

Dear Anonymous, The Bad Daddy Factor is the name of an article. Do your homework before you go accusing us of wrong doing. Here is a link so you can start doing your own research>>>http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/the-bad-daddy-factor-25764/.

Unknown said...

So i have multiple of the symptoms great what to do now

Anonymous said...

I have several of those issues. My son has several as well, tho different than mine. My daughters have fewer. My youngest daughter somehow got an extra vertebrae.
I'm tired of living in pain.
My son will probably never leave home, he is 27.
I have no insurance. Some things I was born with. Some diagnosed with when Ihad insurance. None treated for several years now.

Anonymous said...

I too am so tired of living in pain and now seeing my children start down same road chronic pain and it's crazy. I want to now how to fix it or at least better manage it for all of us.

Anonymous said...

As a daughter of a male Vietnam veteran, I ask. I beg of you!! Please help us!Recognize us! We need help!

Anonymous said...

my dad was exposed to agent orange and since my birth i've had several unexplained health issues.reading these articles makes sense.at birth i had chronic diareah for over a year that was unexplained.at the age of 18 i had a stroke with no diagnosis as to why.i've had pre cancers polips removed from my colon in my 20's.migraines with no reason as to why.for years i've suffered with numbness,tingling,in my hands,feet,and head.pain all over my body. they finnally diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.i've even had unexplained rashes from time to time.i am now starting to see some of these strange illnesses with my own children

Karen said...

My grandson has ankylosing spondylitis, chronic fatgue, depression, ulcer colitis, high cholesterol, restless leg syndrome, liver inflammation, diagnosed at 14 years of age.

Anonymous said...

I am a proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. I have suffered many illnesses since I was a child. I have had multiple miscarriages, had to have many precancerous surgeries. I suffer from the worst case of Chiari Malformation. Why is it so hard for you to recognize and acknowledge that we need help? Stop ignoring the truth and PLEASE HELP US!!!!
Here is a small list of my battles:
Chiari Malformation Abnormal PAPs
Bleeding Issues
Dizzy Spells
Temporary Loss of vision
Temporary Loss of hearing
Temporary loss of sense of smell and taste
Blacking out
Major headaches
Memory Loss
Migraine Headaches
Miscarriages (Multiple)

Anonymous said...

I also have several of the listed issues. I am currently taking drugs for anxiety, etc. PTSD rating of 30%. Also, just won a 6 year battle with the VA over AO caused thyroid cancer. Issue is still in compensation. Hope I live to see the results. I have had both knees replaced and now all the discs in my back are degenerative. Disc between L4-L5 is gone and vertebrae are bone to bone. Have to have traction each week to keep them from fusing together. I contacted by Congressman in Alabama, but he wouldn't help. He was too busy getting an earmark for $350,000 approved for the Alabama Woodworkers Association. Hard to believe. God bless all vets for their service and praying for answers to our health issues.

Unknown said...

I am an Australian Vietnam Veteran with some health issues attributed to agent orange exposure but but 34 year old Son has some major health problems.He has some sort of Neurological bladder disorder or Bladder sphincter dysenergia and spinal issues C4-6 and around T5.This has resulted in a ruptured bladder and having to self catheterize about 5-6 times per day.
It is early days in the diagnoses and treatment (if any available) but I am convinced it has something to do with my Vietnam service and agent orange exposure.
Has anyone come across this?if so could you please reply.

Unknown said...

Wow..seems I'm not the only one! My father; rest his soul; served in the Vietnam war as well. He passed in 06 at the age of 67 due to a 17cm mass on his liver; that was somehow "overlooked" by previous tests done at the VA. He suffered MANY YEARS from PTSD; alcoholism; and many other things. One thing I have noticed and CAN NO LONGER DENY: why did every woman he was with AFTER VIETNAM DIE FROM CANCER (INCLUDING MY MOTHER AT AGE 54)?? If they didn't die than they ALL had to have hysterectomies due to cancer. I am just 32 and have recently been diagnosed with Bilateral Spinal Stenosis w/disc desiccation; bulging disc of the lumbar; Central Spinal Canal Stenosis w/Bilateral foraminal narrowing; also broad based c5-c6 disc bulge with hypertrophy of uncovertable joints; degenerative disc disease; PTSD; Major depression; PCOS/PCOD ('12) and have had cervical cancer when I was only 19 yrs old and again at 25. Oh yeah BTW all the children I was able to carry (3) were ALL PREMATURE.. my daughter (2nd living) was only 1 lb and 10 ozs at birth..AND I THANK GOD EVERYDAY she is a very vibrant 10yr old beautiful child! Which all three of my children are a GOD SENT MIRACLE!! I was told I'd never have any and have been threatened with hysterectomies since I was 15 yrs old! BTW; my daughter is one of 2% of Native American Indians (Choctaw) with a forked (2) Uvalas (that thing that hangs in the back of your throat) So; do we also have Agent Orange to thank for this!!?!! Also; my daughter had a bleed in the brain, hole in her heart, & her left lung had collapsed. She was in the hospital for 86 days before she came home from being born; my oldest son was there for 44 days (3lbs. 13.07 oz) and last but not least my baby boy (5lbs 15.7 oz.) and he was in hospital for 7 days before he came home. I went 34.5 wks with him BUT I PARTICIPATED IN A DRUG STUDY WITH HIM..so to those who say "oh having a small baby must have been so easy!" I say you try it..and I REFUSED ALL DRUGS DURING ALL OF THOSE LABORS some would say I'm crazy for that..LOL..all I can say is that I CARE AND WANTED THE BEST START FOR MY BABIES..WHETHER THEY WOULD'VE BEEN PREEMIES OR NOT! BTW CONTRACTIONS ARE MUCH HARDER AND MUCH MORE PAINFUL FOR SMALLER BABIES..do some research! Wish my mother could see that I was and AM just as strong as she was! (Her bday 4/14..mine 4/15..she died 4/18; three days after I turned 10 yrs old) She told the Drs she was going to make it to see me turn 10. She was diagnosed in Oct of '92 with cancer and given only 6 months to live and what do you know.. she seen me turn 10 then closed her eyes forever 3 days later. God rest her soul. Forever. I hope something good other than still being alive will come from all the struggles I've had since. I hope one day it will be recognized that my Father did NOT SERVE THIS COUNTRY JUST TO DIE IN SUCH VAIN; that his many nights of hurt and pain and flashbacks weren't for NOTHING. I thank him and my mother for my life; AND I THANK THE MANY MANY VETS WHO HAVE AND DO SERVE STILL AND THE FALLEN ONES..ALL OF THEM. My heart goes out to ALL CHILDREN OF VETS; WE ALL KNOW THE STRUGGLE; AND TO THE 2ND, 3RD, & 4TH GENERATIONS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED IN SOME WAY; KEEP YOUR FAITH; NEVER LOSE HOPE AND NEVER FORGET!!!!!!!!! (Oh yeah before I forget this too; 3 abnormal EKGs say possible anterior infarct- heart damage to the front of my heart! First seen in 2013.) Still waiting on a real stress test and I feel weaker everyday! Thank you any and all who took the time to read my story! God bless us all!