Protecting our veterans' children
Legacy of Our Veterans' Military Exposures
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Protecting our veterans' children™

Vietnam War & Health and Medicine (IV). Birth Defects: Birth defects are abnormalities present at birth that result in mental or physical disabilities.

 

 
Agent Orange Legacy
 
The US Veterans Administration (VA) recognises a wide range of birth defects as associated with women Veterans' service in Vietnam. These diseases are not tied to herbicides, including Agent Orange, or dioxin exposure, but rather to the birth mother's service in Vietnam.
“Children are our future.  We have all heard that common saying.
         What is the future of the children of Vietnam veterans and other veterans with toxic, service-related exposures?”, stated a position report by the Agent Orange and Other Toxic Substances Subcommittee, dated January 14, 2010.  
          “There is a growing realisation that both maternal and paternal toxic exposures play a role in the birth defects of the children and future generations of the exposed individuals. Research in the field of epigenetics also points towards toxic exposures turning on or off genes that, when passed on to the child, could lead to the onset of diseases later in life”, the report added. 
          “We now know that when we send service members in harm's way, battlefields toxins also place the future offspring of those service members in harm's way.
 
Legacy of Our Veterans' Military Exposures
  1. Moe Reply

    My father was on the river also! There were not that many boats so I wonder if our fathers knew each other. Mine was there from 68-70. I to am sick with many illnesses.  

    • admin Reply

      Dear Moe,

      Thank you for your comment. You are probably addressing this to my daughter, Dee. Her father served aboard the USS Dynamic MSO 432. Did you father serve on the same ship?

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