Sharon is the widow of Vietnam veteran, Reuben ‘Bud’ C. Perry III, who lost his life due to exposure to Agent Orange. Sharon believes both of their children, Dee Reyes & Lisbeth Perry suffer the intergenerational affects of their father’s exposure to Agent Orange.
Sharon also believes that there are many other toxic military exposures used during the Vietnam war that are not recognized by VA or studied. This not only effects our veterans who served but their children, grandchildren and successive generations. Sharon realized after extensively researching Agent Orange and other military exposures that pesticides are recognized as a military exposure during the Gulf war. Yet they are not recognized for the Vietnam war even though they were used. She believe this is one of the reasons there are so many veterans from the Vietnam war era suffering from cancers and diseases yet to be linked to Agent Orange.
Sharon holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine and worked as a town manager for six years. Her career in town management was cut short due to her husband’s illnesses. Sharon cared for her husband for six years prior to his death in 2005.
Sharon is one of so many Americans whose lives have been adversely affected by the effects of Agent Orange. Many people do not realize that dioxins sprayed on the jungles of Vietnam have the potential to affect future generations, her mission is noble and extremely important.