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Children of Vietnam Veterans Illness List


At this time, Agent Orange Legacy is gathering information about our members to help us better understand the issues affecting them. It is not known if these illnesses are caused by their parent(s) exposure to agent orange except for spina bifida.
Agent Orange Legacy does not claim that these illnesses are or are not caused by our members parent(s) exposure to agent orange. 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.
Currently, There are 176 Illnesses on this list.
Addison's Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
Arnold Chiari Malformation
Autonomic Nervous Dysfunction
Bipolar Disorder
Brain Tumors
Bulged discs
Cerebal Palsy
Cervical dysplasia
Chronic Angioedema
Chronic Bronchitis
Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Headaches
Chronic Lyhocytic Thyroiditis
Chronic Sleep Deprivation
Cleft Lips & Palate
Club Foot
Compromised immune system
Connective Tissue Disorder
Conversion Disorder
Cornelia de Lange syndrome
Crohn's Disease
Common Variable Immuno Defieciendy
Cystic Fibrosis
Debilitating muscle spasms
Depression (includes chronic also)
Deformed Fingers (multiple at birth)
Deformed Sinuses
Deformed Toes (multiple at birth)
Degenerative Disc Disease
dextrocardia Deviated Septum
Diabetes Type I
Diabetes Type II
Diagonal Earlobe Crease
Digestive Disorders
Double Uterus/Cervix
Double Uvula
Ear Infections/problems
Endomertil Cancer
Familial Tremor
Felty's Syndrome
Foot Deformity
Fragile X Syndrome
Fused veterbrae
Gall Bladder Disease
Gastrointestinal Problems
Gluten Intolerance
Growth Hormone defficiency
Growths of the Skull
Heart Attack
Heart Disease
Heart Failure
Heart Murmur (newborn)
High Blood Pressure
Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia (congential)
Hylan Membrane
Imperforate anus
Insulin Resistance
Interstitial Cystitis
Intestinal pseudo-obstruction
Intracranial hypertension (rare disease)
ITP platlete disorder
Joint & Muscle Pain
Keratosis Pilaris
Kidney Cysts
Kidney Disease
Knee Dysplasia
Lateral Mycrotia
Learning Disabilities
Loss of Skin Pigment
Lung Problems
Lupus of the skin
Lymphatic Tumors
Lymphoma Cancer
Major Depression
Malformation of both Feet (Severe)
Memory Retention Problems
Mental Health Issues
Mental Retardation
Migraine headaches
Missing digits
Missing Limbs
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mullerian Aplasia
Multiple Sclerosis
Musco-skeletal Problems
Nasal Polyps
Night Terros
Numbness of the Hands (chronic)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Ovarian cysts
Pallet Problems
Poland Syndrome
Primitive Neuro-Ectodermal Tumor
Psoriatic arthritis
Psoriatic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
Renal Failure
Reproductive Problems
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Salpingitis isthmica nodosa (SIN)
Seizures Severe Chronic Neutropenia
Sinus infections & problems (chronic)
Skin Cancer Skin Problems
Skin Rashes (newborn)
Sleep Apnea
Spina Bifida
Spina Bifida Occulta
Spinal Cord Disease
Spinal deformities
Strange Growths
Subglottal Stignosis
Thyroid Cancer
Joint Disease
tracheoesophageal fistula
Urinary Tract Infections
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  1. Thunder Lectoria Bryant Cheek Reply

    I usually don’t comment . I read all the information posted that I can. All the comments i read I add those to my prayers. The post on face book I add those to my prayers. Though I haven’t interacted as of yet know all are in my thoughts and prayers. And you all have been helpful to me and your words give me support, knowledge, and courage in watching my father get sicker and sicker. But my question here is related to ulnar minus deformity. I was born with this but the didn’t notice until I was 14 years old. I woke one day with severe pain and and my finger twisted like claw hand. its not common this i know. I was born with it this I know. one of the bones in my wrist does not connect or is not near my hand. It took a year to diagnose and many doctors. I have lived with a great deal of pain since 14 every single day with out fail. Sometimes my fingers get stuck and sometimes they stop work and release with no warning. They said it was because of the growth spurts it became noticeable. Thats why it starting hurting so badly. My father thinks its because of his agent orange. Out of nine children I have always been the sickly one. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety at age sixteen as well. There are three stages to this deformity and stage 1 and 2 there are repairable surgery. At 14 i was a stage three no surgery option. From my research. Also only a quarter of the population have this but i do not know if any of them have a parent with agent orange. Has anyone heard of this possibly? I try to be strong and just deal with the pain. The medicine they give for pain doesn’t even knock a dent in it. No relief at all. I haven’t took medicine for it since 2006 . The doctor says i am back at square one with treatment because nothing works and i refuse to take medicine that doesn’t help. I am sorry this was long but thank you all for taking the time to read it even if you don’t respond. May you all have a wonderful day. Thank you

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      LOVME Reply

      Thank you for your comment. I am sorry to hear about your birth defect and the pain you experience. We are still transitioning all our research to this website. So I will have to give you and old link to information that you should find helpful>>>IMPORTANT LINKS FOR CHILDREN OF VETERANS EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE We also have a closed support community on FaceBook for families of veterans exposed to Agent Orange and the veteran at this link>>>

    • Jason Reply

      My farther served as a combat engineers as apart of the expeditiary 864th combat engineers in Vietnam. I have suffered with adhd all my life and was later diagnosed as bi polar. He was recently awarded benefits, and told me I should l9ok into applying. These issues have cost me jobs and relationships with friends and family my whole life. We have no history of any of this in my family before meeting. Do I have a shot at being approved?

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        LOVME Reply

        Hi Jason, Thank you for your comment. I apologize for the delay in responding. Currently, the only birth defect or illness recognized by the VA in the children of male veterans exposed to Agent Orange is spina bifida. Recently, there was legislation passed Important Legislation: PASSED SIGNED INTO LAW, Toxic Exposure Research Act 2015 “This legislation, a necessary first step, has been a top priority for VVA,” noted Rowan. “It will lay the groundwork for the research we need on the health of our children and grandchildren, whom we believe have been impacted by exposures during our military service–and in keeping with our founding principle, ‘Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,’ this legislation will ensure that our newer veterans will not have to wait 50 years for answers.” Having said all that please make sure that you register at Birth Defect Research for children at this link>>> Apply for benefits even though you will get turned down. Learn more at this link>>> We offer a closed support group on facebook for families of veterans exposed to Agent Orange and the veteran at this link>>>

  2. Christopher Lee Akins Reply

    I will list here other conditions I have struggled with since childhood.Maybe it will help our cause.Arthritis,depression,fatigue,G.E.R.D.,terribly painful ear infections(more than 10),strep throat(probably 5 times in early childhood),strange growths in my groin area and inside of my legs,neutropenia,O.C.D.,hand and forarm numbness and I believe the horror I went through from 5 years old to 13 was night terrors.I also struggle with chronic Bronchitis(i.e. c.o.p.d.)Strange thing;I have always felt like my left leg was shorter and weaker than my right.I also had testicular problems in elementary school.Maybe all this will help us.

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      Gena Reply

      Dear Christopher,

      I hope we are able to get help.

  3. Christopher Lee Akins Reply

    I should say I have struggled with Rhinitis(i.e. chronic sinusitis) since I was around 13.I am allergic to house dust and dust mites.I joined the Marine Corps when I was 19 and was out in14 months because they would not treat this condition.Looking back on things and the way my life has gone the military was probably the only real chance I ever had for a retirement.Why did I waste all that time and money in college?I wish someone had informed me.I have also been suicidal 3 times ,last year being the worst and leading to my first time institutionalized.

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      Gena Reply

      Dear Christopher,

      Thank you for your comment. I have responded to on of your other comments. Thank you for visiting our site. If you have any other questions do not hesitate to email me at Sincerely, Sharon L. Perry, Founder

      P.S. You can get help when your feel you might take your own life. Visit this link to learn more:

  4. Christopher Lee Akins Reply

    I forgot to mention none of my problems concur with anyone on either side of my family.I have also had sleep disturbances since I was 5 years old and severe problems dealing with stress since high school.I began feeling the symptoms of mental illness in seventh grade when I lost the ability to fully concentrate.My SAT scores show this openly.I was basicly a straight A student until then.I finally had a nervous breakdown when I was thirty and that was the end.

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      Gena Reply

      Dear Christopher,

      Thank you for your comment. I have responded to on of your other comments. Thank you for visiting our site. If you have any other questions do not hesitate to email me at Sincerely, Sharon L. Perry, Founder

  5. Christopher Lee Akins Reply

    I suffer too. My dad was exposed in Vietnam to the agent orange chemicals.He deals with things very well considering he was affected.I don’t.I am mentally ill with depression ,chronic copd,schizo-affective disorder and have started having blood pressure and cholesterol problems several years ago.My dad was a lucky one.He found a great job later on in life after the conflict.He was still treated terribly by some prospective employers like most of the Vietnam veterans were.I have never held gainful employment, was kicked out of college for mental problems and have been addicted to drugs and alcohol my entire life.I was put on state disability 10 years ago.

  6. Amy M McKellar Reply

    Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)
    Arnold-Chiari Malformation
    Deformed Toes
    Ovarian Cysts
    Gastrointestinal Problems
    This is only some of the conditions I suffer from. I am currently looking into begining a petition for the children suffereing from health issues who's parent (s) were vietnam vets. Personally I think there should be a class action law suit against the government for making the children suffer in almost the same manner as the vietnam vets suffer. As I get older (currently 31) more and more health conditions arise. My father served in Vietnam on 3 different tours and is currently suffering from end stage COPD, end stage CHF, and many other health problems. My sister also has several diagnoses involving much of her neurological system. We also had another sister who sadly dies at 3 months due to several heart and brain conditions. I know of several other children of vietnam vets who suffer with almost the same things that I suffer from. There is a corelation and I feel that the government owes us for the damage they have caused. I'm just not quite sure of where to start.

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      Gena Reply

      Dear Amy,

      Thank you for your comment. I apologize for the delayed response. I understand what you are dealing with since my oldest daughter is coping with very similar issues. If you would like to discuss this more than contact me at Currently there is a petition being circulated to build a Children’s Center by BDRC. Learn more at this link: Sincerely, Sharon L. Perry, Founder

  7. Jodi R. Reply

    Premature ovarian failure
    Raynaud's disease
    Uticaria (Hives-with any exposure to sun)
    Enlarged pituitary gland

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