"As a wife, mother and grandmother, Agent Orange dioxins have touched my life in an awful way"” she said.
Her husband, who was in the infantry in Vietnam and lost his leg due to a combat injury, now has prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. Her daughter has a severe learning disability, her son is suffering from a rare heart condition and her granddaughter had a severe birth defect.
It was through talks with other Vietnam vets’ wives that she began to hear that their families had similar problems, ranging from autism, severe learning disabilities and psychological problems to miscarriages, premature births and birth defects.
She urged Vietnam vets to get enrolled with the VA, do the Agent Orange screening registry, request their service record, collect copies of their family’s medical records and begin to put in medical claims for themselves and family members with an accredited service officer.