LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT
It's no secret that those of us who served in Vietnam and
were exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides are at
high risk of developing a variety of illnesses, including
many forms of cancer. One simple way for Vietnam veterans to
increase their odds of overcoming Agent-Orange-induced
illnesses is through Preventive Maintenance (PM)—getting a
regular medical check-up that pays specific attention to
those illnesses related to toxic exposure.
PM is important because many
illnesses can be cured if found early. Lung cancer, for
example, can come on with very little warning. A physical
that includes a chest X-ray can detect the early onset of
this often deadly disease.
So remember to do your own
Preventive Maintenance. Your life could depend on it.
For VVA's Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee
THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT
We would like to thank the
Virginia State Council and Virginia membership for standing
behind us in a time of need. On July 10, our son, Chuck, and
his wife, Karen, had a new son, Matthew Brian Parsons. After
he was born, Matthew was diagnosed with Myotublar Myopathy X
link, a deadly and rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. He was
immediately flown by helicopter from Montgomery Regional
Hospital in Blacksburg to Roanoke Community Hospital and
placed in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Matthew stayed on life support
for the first month of his life, but with prayers and
monetary support from VVA members, he is home. He still has
a feeding tube in his stomach and an oxygen tube in his
nose. He has a heart and lung monitor and a suction device
to keep his airways clear.
On behalf of Matthew's entire
family, we wish to thank VVA for stepping in and helping the
grandson of Vietnam veterans. Matthew's maternal
grandfather, Doug Spence, is a charter member of VVA and was
instrumental in starting Chapter 138 in Radford, Virginia. A
trust fund for Matthew has been set up with Carolyn as
VVA's motto should be changed
from "Veterans helping veterans" to encompass the kids and
grandkids who may have ties back to Agent Orange and other
birth defects. Thanks, VVA, for your support and prayers.
Tom and Carolyn Parsons
A TOWERING EXPERIENCE
In your August/September The VVA
Veteran, VVA Agent Orange chair George Claxton's report
describes the efforts of various VVA chapters around the
country in bringing the issue of dioxin exposure to the
forefront with the building of Agent Orange/dioxin
George attributes the
construction of VVA Chapter 725's towers to myself and Jack
Watson. While Jack did play a major role in the construction
of the three towers currently in place, the other motivating
person was not myself, but Ed Lee, Chapter 725's president.
Ed became excited at the prospect when it was presented by
the AO Committee at the National Leadership Conference in
Louisville in 1997. He took the concept home and got the
members as excited as he and Jack were about the
possibilities of erecting a tower in the heart of
Louisiana's petro-chem corridor. This was a courageous move
and deserves the highest recognition possible for a great
group of veterans.
My role in the project was
limited to encouragement (with the exception of one day of
being "muscle") and moral support in my capacity then as AO
Committee member and Louisiana State Council president.
Allan A. Reynaud