Dee is the daughter of deceased Vietnam Veteran, Reuben “Bud” C. Perry III. Dee lost her father to Agent Orange and his service in Vietnam in 2005. Throughout her life, Danielle has been plagued by mysterious and debilitating muscle spasms as well as other unknown illnesses. Ms. Reyes has also struggled with learning disabilities and more. Mrs. Perry, Dee’s mother, has been fighting for her daughter her entire life.
Dee now an adult with her own daughter, is still struggling with illnesses, some diagnosed and some remain undiagnosed. In their struggle to get proper medical intervention for Danielle, Sharon and Dee have become a team. They have been working together since 2007 to get support and services for the children of Vietnam veterans whose biological parent(s) have been exposed to dioxin during their service in the United States Military during the Vietnam War.
Dee has offered her voice to all of the children of Vietnam veterans, by speaking out and letting her voice be heard. In 2011, Dee and Sharon meet with Vietnam Veterans of America’s Director of Communications, Mokie Porter. Mokie interviewed Dee about Agent Orange and it’s effect on her life. Vietnam Veterans of Americas’ education campaign; Faces of Agent Orange produced a video of Danielle’s interview for Agent Orange Legacy.
In June of 2012 Dee traveled to Washington D.C. to speak at the IOM, Institutes of Medicines Agent Orange Update Committee. The Committee meeting was held at the National Academy of the Sciences building. Ms. Reyes raises awareness everyday by talking to people locally as well as online.
“I do not want my daughter or any other child to suffer as I have. ” ~ Dee Reyes~