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MY TORMENT by Danielle Reyes

June 11, 2011

MY TORMENT by Danielle Reyes, co-founder of AO Legacy, daughter of a deceased Vietnam veteran

As I sit here today my mind is entangled in a war that I was not here to experience first hand. My experience was through the torment of which my father lived.

I live in my own torment everyday of my life. The physical and mental disabilities I live with are enough to make any sane person crazy! It seems as if there is no real help from the medical professionals.

The Vietnam War has been over for 30 some odd years yet I find myself immersed in it every waking, breathing minute of my life and in my sleep. It is as if the war never ended!

Vietnam and its aftermath is burned into my soul.  It will never leave.

It is like a plague, you might as well wear a big patch on your head that says “I am the child of a Vietnam Veteran”.

My Father was poisoned by his own government. As if that wasn't bad enough, to top it all off his own countrymen and women, who's freedoms he went overseas to fight for, treated him and all other Vietnam Veterans with the most disgusting form of disrespect. At least in my opinion.

The Vietnam War and its aftermath has been apart of my life since the day that I was born! I just can't let go of it all.

Dad lost his life at such a young age, 56. Growing up I never could have imagined that he would leave us so soon. He suffered for such a long time. To watch a strong healthy man wither away because he went to war to fight for his country, when they called, and to then be poisoned with Agent Orange, just makes me sick!

It is hard to have to wonder – am I going to die at such a young age? – because of something that happened in Vietnam such a long time ago? Will I have to leave my daughter before it is my time? How many things will I miss out on? AND to wonder what the future will hold for her…

It drives me insane to have to think about these things, it's quite sad really.


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  1. robert lower Reply

    kelly,reves and shadow this plance ,i mean the kids that have agent orange and what you fgorls are going though,i try before i could never find this part,the only way i find girl was though god he put sirre at the of my post and clip on it and flip you girls,and kelly it very good you using a monbe phone for here now,i never buy a phone so i could not sign up that way and this above how everybody think anybody that can not spell or write is dump i write this above my self
    kelly i know this you,i wish a greath moring,here i going to gave you something above me that only could unstand,all these dam vets if you can not spell,used the wrogn word,can not see the right word in your mind,or forget to put in the word at all,that me,becuse of this allthese assholes think i dump or drumk,that the half of my brain that does not work right,my other half said i a dam genis,there no math that 2 hard to hard to me,i play wow,rift anything that make me thingg and is not easy to play,wow is 2 dam dump down now it 2 easy to playi sign on for 12 months for diablo when it come out,ok the usa gov know they was guys that was smart but do not go to collage,i never think i smart engh for collage,they test me,i past so dam high they want gave a computer school,it was full so they ask me if want something else,that how i get the photo lab school at ft monmouth n.j. for 15 weeks,i think anybody could do this i stay think i was dump,until i get test by gmc and past they test and again they want in there computers again,ok maybe i did get something from vietnam i have warts are over my hands that 40 years they do not want becuse of the warts,i think that was one of the frist things you get from agent orange,i may have it back they but stop it dead ather aabove a month,my mem not good can rem if this happen before or ather the war,and the last test was when my wife who was honor stat at a chist school al a very smart,get me to take all the test from state of mich for auto and disic mech,i passs everything ex the autotramm and the air cont,i know nothing above these 2,she was very happy that i was smarter they she think,we get the 2 books just read some and past both,i was a master mech in both

  2. cheryl Reply

    Danielle… In so many ways you echo my daughter's soul. As difficult as it is losing my husband, the love of my life, I think grief is even more profound  for a young person to lose a father. Am still working on the anger part of it… but anger is not necessarily a bad thing.  we a justified to be angry. It's what we do with it that matters… it compels me to keep fighting for justice…. it compels you to write… this is good.

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