Associates Vietnam Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 310, Ann Arbor, MI Michigan's 1st Faces of Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting was a great success. Seventy-nine Veterans and their family members attended the meeting on Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Our speakers consisted of Mokie Porter, who stressed that we need more firsthand stories from Families affected by the Agent Orange Disease. “Significant numbers of Vietnam veterans have children and grandchildren with birth defects related to exposure to Agent Orange. To alert legislators and the media to this ongoing legacy of the war, we are seeking real stories about real people. If you wish to share your family’s health struggles that you believe are due to Agent Orange/dioxin, send an email to email@example.com or call 301-585-4000, Ext. 146.”
Keith King, VVA Chapter 9, explained how his DNA has changed due to Agent Orange and the process he faces getting the VA to accept the reality that this disease has caused skin lesions and other health Issues. He explained that he has passed this disease to his daughter and her children. His daughter, Amy Applewhite spoke about living day to day with the effects of Agent Orange Disease and how it affects her two teenage daughters. Amy also suffers from the same skin lesions as her dad.