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Intergenerational Effects of Agent Orange: The Children of Male Vietnam Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange Suffer from Intergenerational Effects of Agent Orange by Sharon L. Perry, Founder

March 25, 2012
Suffer the children...shhhhh
According to this article many kinds of things can effect a man's sperm and are not conducive to baby-making. Although this information is now available nothing has changed.
I read about how men shouldn't be exposed to dangerous substances because it can have an impact on the unborn child.
Yet today, we are unable to establish that the children and grandchildren of male Vietnam veterans exposed to agent orange in Vietnam, or other places around the world, have been effected by their father's exposure.
In this article alone the author rattles off a list of chemicals harmful to sperm. Sadly there is no mention of dioxin. The chemicals etc. mentioned are as follows:

  • bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury)
  • Solvents such as toluene
  • xylene
  • Smoking
  • steroids
We will have to continue to work harder to get to a point where our stories can be heard and this matter can be addressed properly. We deserve to have this matter addressed. Our children and grandchildren and subsequent generations deserve a better quality of life than what they have had up until this point.

I meet children of American Vietnam veterans every day who are ill and suffering. My own daughter's health deteriorating rapidly at the young age of 30. There is no help available. The doctors that she has seen, as a child, claimed it was all in her head. Today as her spine continues to deteriorate and her health declines I wonder how they dare claim it is still all in her head?
It's heartbreaking for a mother to have to watch her child suffer and not be able to do anything about it. I've tried, God knows I've tried. Although we've made progress and she has gotten some help; it's not good enough. She still suffers and is in pain everyday. Some of our members are more fortunate than others. Some have insurance, some have doctors that understand, some have neither.
Agent Orange/Dioxin doesn't just cause a disease or birth defect and it's over. It's more complex than that or at least that's what I have observed over the years. It works in the background eating away slowly at a person's body, undetected. When enough damage is done then, if your lucky, you might find out what is wrong. Often it's not in time to slow the progression of the disease or cancer. [Sometimes that is only the beginning of the slew of diseases that will be diagnosed as was the case with my husband.] This is where we have gone wrong. We need to understand what is happening in order to slow the progression of the disease.
It is my observation that what has happened to many of the children and grandchildren is their father's exposure effected them at a genetic level. They can't purge the dioxin from their bodies. It is my guess that it can't even be detected. What many of our members report, who have had genetic testing, is a mutated gene has been found.
I strongly feel that, in my daughter's case, while in the womb, the dioxin was interfering in her development. [sorry I don't know the scientific terms for this] That is why she was born with musculoskeletal and nervous system related problems. There were no obvious birth defects so nothing was reported at her birth.
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  1. robert brannon Reply

    we need help with this,my dads sreved nam has all records and proof of where he was and yet hes denied full benefits,as are me and my sister we are having issues that may stem to this ,as well as our kids! We have issues and noone know3s whats wrong! Please help ,my dad should get back pay and 100% benfits as well as us kids and grand kids for suffering

  2. Sharon DeArmon Reply

    My husband and I are both veterans, my husband was exposed to agent orange. My concern is my daughter, she's in her 30s and her health is declining. Could this all be by agent orange. She has no insurance and no one wants to help her. Please help

    • admin Reply

      Dear Sharon,

      I’ve responded to your other comment. Thank you for visiting our site and I hope you find my response helpful. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to email me at Sharon Perry, Founder

  3. Sharon DeArmon Reply

    I am trying to find help for my daughter who is in her 30s. She has seizures, depression, eye sight goes in and out, and much more. I don't even know were to begin to get her help;  My husband and I are both veterens, my husband was exposed to Agent Orange. 

  4. Walter Z. Barnett, Sr. Reply

    Need information on the possibities of my son and daughter contracting a disease or aliment  from my exposure to Agent Orange in 1969-1970 in Vietnam. I have Lung cancer and am being treated by VA in Alaska.

    • admin Reply

      Dear Walter,

      I am very sorry to hear that you have lung cancer. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. Welcome Home. What kind of information would you like??

  5. Josh Kalis Reply

    sorry for offtopic, but I can't join your closed group on facebook. I've tried twice and still got rejected. Account Name: Josh Kalis.

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