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Five out of seven Vietnam War veterans’ children suffer from birth defects, including Spina Bifida. The VA has designated 1,200 individuals eligible for care under the Spina Bifida... Read More

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Feb 26, 2013

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222 Supporting
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State: CA

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Organizations Supporting

This is one of the only accepted health consequences by our government directly linked to Agent Orange Defoliation chemical exposure by our Vietman Veterans. It's a travesty that other countries that served there have done the right thing by accepting several known health issues and the USA has NOT. To know the heartache of these innocent children born to unknowing combatants is tragic. It is incomprehensible that our government appears to be waiting for the veterans and their affected children to die off rather than step up and take responsibility.I wholeheartedly ask that all known health issues from parents in the affected areas in Vietnam, be accepted immediately by a grateful government for their service.


Equine Endeavors
2 years ago

At this point in time Spina Bifida is the only birth defect recognized by the VA in the children of male Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Since 2007 we have found more and more of the adult children of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange who are sick and suffering. Even today nothing is being done to meet the needs of these adult children. Their suffering not yet recognized by the VA. There are only 1,200 of the most severely disabled children eligible for care under the Spina Bifida Health Care Program. Yet the VA continues to fail to provide Comprehensive Health Care to these 1,200 adult children eligible for in-home care under the law (38 USC §1803). Support our veterans and their families and urge Congress to demand the VA follow the law and provide complete care to Spina Bifida children.

Agent Orange Legacy 2 years ago

Ensuring That Children Of Vietnam War Veterans Born With Spina Bifida Get The Health Care They Need Five out of seven Vietnam War veterans’ children suffer from birth defects, including Spina Bifida. The VA has designated 1,200 individuals eligible for care under the Spina Bifida Health Care Program. While the VA has agreed to provide Comprehensive Health Care under this program, it has continually failed to provide the in-home care many of these beneficiaries need and are entitled to under the law (38 USC §1803). Parents of these children are now too old to provide the same 24/7 care that many Spina Bifida children require. Now, they need the assistance of a professional who can help these individuals with daily living tasks. The VA must provide the complete care that these military families were promised — and desperately need. By supporting, you will be urging Congress to demand the VA follow the law and provide complete care to Spina Bifida children.

These children were promised comprehensive health care as early as 2008. VA has yet to implement the law in the way Congress intended. Instead, VA Purchased Care in Denver, Colorado, is blocking families from getting the care they need for their children. To keep these children from health care is, in our opinion, criminal. Take action by telling Congress to tell the VA to give these kids the care they are entitled to.

DisabledVeterans.org 2 years ago

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I support Ensuring That Children Of Vietnam War Veterans Born With Spina Bifida Get The Health Care They Need because...This should have taken place years ago!

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Anonymous3580279
FL-12
8 months ago

My son was born with APERTS SYNDROME , this has been devastating to our entire family .He has gone threw 52 major surgerys including three complete crainial facial reconstructions . I was a corpsman in the Sutamonis infectious amputee unit in Oakland ,California . We received patients a day or two after they had become desimated by their extreamly tramatic events . When we received them they almost always were still wearing fatigues either on them or inbedded in them . The miracle is that these men survived these horrible experiences . I as well as many other corpsman were exposed to all of the vegetation killing agents sprayed in Viet Nam thru our first hand contact with these fine men and woman . This is why I believe my son was born as he was , ( god bless his soul ) . It's just not fair , he is an innocent victim . A victim for life . Help me help him . Spinal Bifida was only one of his many many problems .

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MAX1969
CO-3
8 months ago

I support Ensuring That Children Of Vietnam War Veterans Born With Spina Bifida Get The Health Care They Need because the Vietnam Vet has been pushed aside for too long. We are getting too old, been dumped on, spit on and forgotten too long. Do the right thing.

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RichardBatten
NC-8
10 months ago

I support Ensuring That Children Of Vietnam War Veterans Born With Spina Bifida Get The Health Care They Need because only through VA Secretary Shinseki did the VA first recognize that Agent Orange was responsible for spina bifida birth defects. Many veterans & their children suffered in the past and NEVER got any medical assistance from VA. Its high time for the high-jinx at VA to end, once and for all children of veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

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Anonymous335052
FL-3
11 months ago

I support Ensuring That Children Of Vietnam War Veterans Born With Spina Bifida Get The Health Care They Need because...I was born in 1969 (I am the firstborn). My father is a USMC veteran of Vietnam ('65-'66). He's been treated for prostate cancer and diabetes at the VA hospital in Temple Texas. My understanding now is that the 23 months that separate my brother and I, also places me in the "prime gestation period" and puts him "in the clear" re: Agent Orange related health issues. It's NOT limited to Spina Bifida but certainly includes it!!! I believe this is known and further evidence is available. I've had incidents of unexplained seizures and a malignant hypothermia episode during surgery under the anesthetic "halothane". It almost killed me. I have a younger brother (23 months younger) and he's had "NO UNEXPLAINED HEALTH PROBLEMS". SO much isn't known about what people like "me" will face in the future. Please leave room to help us as we age. We can't predict what health problems we will face but we come from families of people "who answered the call". Please don't let us fall through the cracks.....

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wisetexan
TX-26
1 year ago

I support Ensuring That Children Of Vietnam War Veterans Born With Spina Bifida Get The Health Care They Need because...they are innocent, and their fathers paid the price by being there for their country. Time to step up and do the right thing.

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Anonymous3034811
MO-2
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose Ensuring That Children Of Vietnam War Veterans Born With Spina Bifida Get The Health Care They Need because...while there is merit to the discussion, the data is not correct as stated. 5 out of 7 Vietnam war vet's children do not have birth defects.

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kslawdogs
KS-4
2 years ago

Bill Summary

Five out of seven Vietnam War veterans’ children suffer from birth defects, including Spina Bifida. The VA has designated 1,200 individuals eligible for care under the Spina Bifida Health Care Program. While the VA has agreed to provide Comprehensive Health Care under this program, it has continually failed to provide the in-home care many of these beneficiaries need and are entitled to under the law (38 USC §1803).



Parents of these children are now too old to provide the same 24/7 care that many Spina Bifida children require. Now, they need the assistance of a professional who can help these individuals with daily living tasks. The VA must provide the complete care that these military families were promised — and desperately need.



By supporting, you will be urging Congress to demand the VA follow the law and provide complete care to Spina Bifida children.



By opposing, you do not think Congress should take further action on this matter.



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