(Sec. 3) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to select a VA medical center to serve as the national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the biological children or grandchildren of individuals exposed to toxic substances while serving as members of the Armed Forces that are related to such exposure.
The bill requires: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) or the head of a federal agency to make available to the VA for review records held by DOD, an Armed Force, or that federal agency that might assist the VA in making determinations regarding individuals and descendents afflicted with an exposure-related health condition; (2) the VA and DOD or such agency head to jointly establish a mechanism for VA review of records; and (3) the national center to employ at least one licensed clinical social worker to coordinate access of individuals to appropriate social and health care programs and to handle case management.
(Sec. 4) The VA shall establish an Advisory Board to oversee and assess the national center and to advise the VA regarding the center’s work.
The board shall report on its recommendations at least once a year.
(Sec. 5) DOD shall: (1) conduct a declassification review to determine what information may be made publicly available related to any known incident in which at least 100 members of the Armed Forces were exposed to a toxic substance that resulted in at least one case of a disability that an occupational medicine specialist has determined to be credibly associated with such substance; and (2) make such information available consistent with national security and limited to information necessary for determining whether an individual was exposed to such substance, the severity of exposure, and any potential health conditions resulting from such exposure.
(Sec. 6) The VA shall conduct a national outreach and education campaign directed toward members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their family members to communicate information on: (1) incidents of exposure of members of the Armed Forces to toxic substances, health conditions resulting from such exposure, and potential long-term effects; and (2) the national center for individuals eligible to participate in national center studies.
DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services shall assist the VA in implementing such campaign.(Sec. 7) No additional funds are authorized to carry out this bill
H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015
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CHILDREN OF VIETNAM VETERANS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SECOND GENERATION, AGENT ORANGE DIOXIN BIRTH DEFECTS & HEALTH ISSUES
We have compiled a list of 63o reported illnesses that the biological Children of Vietnam Veterans are suffering from to try and find common threads. There have been no official claims that anything on this list has been proven to be caused by Agent Orange/Dioxin unless otherwise noted in the information below. Other reports indicate that there are up to 30 years of illnesses and conditions being collected that we suffer from as the second generation. While many of us are born with these problems, our members that participated in this list are generally between the ages of 20-45 both male and female, often with no prior family history. If you are suffering from any illness not listed, please email us at COVVHA@GMAIL.COM or fill out the comment section on our “Contact Us” page. This list has been updated as of July 24, 2012
Support the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 (S.901, H.R.1769) This will help get benefits for the children and grand children of all veterans exposed to Dioxins. Let your Governor and Senators know that you want them to support this bill for our Veterans.
Abnormal Cervical Bleeding Abnormal growth between the ovaries Abnormal Pap Smears Abnormal Periods Abnormal Rectal Bleeding Achy Body Acid Reflux Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Addiction (cigarettes) Addiction(other than cigs/alcohol, non drug) Addison’s Disease Adenomyosis ADHD Adult Acne Albinism Alcoholism Allergies Alopecia Areata Amblyopia Amenorrhoea Amputation Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Basiloid Type Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Anencephaly Anemia Anemia SC (as a small child when I had pneumonia) Anger Issues Angioedema Ankyloglossia Ankylosing spondylitis Anorexia Annual decrease in (night) vision Anxiety/GAD Aortic Pulmonary Regurgitation Aphasia Appendicitis Arachnoid Cyst in Brain Space Arnold Chiari Malformation Arrhythmia Arterial Vienous Malformation (AVM) Arthritis: Inflammatory, of the SI Joint, Rhumatoid, Juvenile ASD Asperger’s Syndrome Asthma Ataxia Atrial Fibrillation Autism Autoimmune Disease (Unknown Etiology) Autonomic Neuropathy Bacterial Infections Back Pain Balance Problems Bell’s Palsy (now-resolved) Berger’s Disease (Kidney Disease) Benign Cyst (armpit) Benign Multinodular Goiter Benign Oral Cysts Benign tumor on thryoid/ near total thyroidectomy surgery Bicorneate Uterus Bicuspid Aorta Heart Valve Bicuspid Valve Prolapse Bilateral Baker’s Cyst Bilateral Uterus Bipartide Patellas Bipolar Disorder Bladder infections/ UTI’s BLADDER IS COLLAPSING Bladder Lift Bleeding Issues Blindness Blood in Urine (undefined) Blood Vessel Issues Boils Bone Cancer Bones Spurs/Problems (Undefined) Bones Missing at Birth Borderline High Blood Pressure Borderline Diabetic Borderline Schizophrenia Born Blind Born Deaf Bowel Deformity/Issues Brain Issues (Water on the brain, etc) Brain (calcification & an enlarged Penvascular space) Brain Lesions, Aneurisms, Tumors, Surgery Brain Stem Abnormalities(Too small) Brain Tumors Breathing Problems (undefined) Bronchitis/Bronchial Spasms Bursitis Calcium Deficiency Calluses on vocal Chords-Faulty “flap” stomach acid caused Camptodactyly Cancer Cardiac Arrhythmia Cardiac Deformity Cardiomyopathy Cardio Sarcoma Carpel Tunnel Caudal Regression Cava Perthes Celiac Disease Cellulitis Infections Central Nervous System Disorder Cerebellum Issues (Undefined) Cerebra Aneurysm Cerebral Palsy Cervical Cancer Cervical Dysplasia/Incompetency Cervical Infections Chiari Malformation (Assoc. with Spina Bifida) Chemical Sensitivity Chest Wall Pain/ Breast Pain Childhood bedwetting Childhood Extreme Shyness Chloracne Choristoma ( tumor in the ear) Chromosome Abnormalities Chronic (Asthmatic) Bronchitis Chronic Candida and Other Female Reproductive Organ Infections Chronic Childhood Ear Infections Chronic Cold/Flu Chronic Constipation Chronic Costochondritits Chronic ENT issues resulting in adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy and ear tubes Chronic Fatigue And Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFAIDS) Chonic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) Chronic Insomnia Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic Knee Dysplasia Chronic Migraines Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Chronic Pneumonia (Childhood/Recurring) Chronic Sinusitis Chronic Urinary tract infections Chronic Urinary Tract Infections Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), Severe Cleft Palate, Lips Clotting Disorders Club Foot (Talipes equinovarus ) Cold Hands and Feet Collapsed Vertebrae Colon Issues Complete Hysterectomy: Age 25, Age 31, Age 37,Age 36 Complete Pelvic Floor Collapse Compromised Immune System Compulsive Skin Picking Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Congenital Anosenia (Born without the ability to smile) Congenital Heart Blockage Congenital Hips Congenital Hypertension Congenital Scoliosis Cognitive Issues Connective Tissue Disorder Constipation/Cramping Costochondritis Conversion Disorder Cranial Synthesis Crohn’s Disease Crossed Eyes (Newborn) Cryoglobulinemia Cushing’s Syndrome Cystic Acne Cystic Fibrosis Cysts: Arm, Brain, Hand, Leg, Shoulder Blade, Thyroid, Arm, Ovaries & Wrists. Daily Headaches Debilitating Muscle Spasms Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) Deformed Extermities/Digits Deformed Sinuses Deformity Chest/Brest Deformity Shoulder/Muscles Degenerative Disc/Bone Disease Degenerative Ligament Tissue Degenerative Joint Disease Dehydration Dental Problems Depression (Major, Clinical, Severe) Dermatitis Developmental Delay Deviated Septum Dextrocardia Diagonal earlobe Crease Diarrhea Digestive Issues Disc Desiccation Dissociative Disorder Diverticulitis Dizzy Spells Double Cervix Double Hernia at Birth Double Ureter Double Uterus/Cervix Double Uvula Droop Eye (Ptosis) Drug Abuse Duane Syndrome Dwarfism Dysautonomia Dysphaxia Dyslexia Dysthemia Ear Infections, Problems, Surgeries, Tubes Ectopic Pregnancy Eczema Electrolyte Abnormalities Elevated Heart Rate Emotional Problems Endocrine Disorders Endometrial Cancer Endometrial Hyperplasia Endometriosis Enlarged Liver (Cause Unknown) Epilepsy Excessive Sweating Exotropia Extra body parts (Organs) Eye Problems (Undefined) Facet Joint Syndrome Facial Aplasia Factor Z Leiden Familial Tremor Fatty Deposits on Liver Felty’s Syndrome Fever (Undefined) Fever Seizures Fibrocystic Breast Disease Fibroid Cysts in Breast Fibromyalgia Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) Food Allergies Follicular Lymphoma/Large B Cell Lymphoma Foot Deformity, Issues, Burning Fragile X Syndrome Frazonism Fused Digits Fused Vertebrae in Neck Gall Bladder Disease Gallstones Ganglion Cyst Gastritis Gastrointestinal Problems Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Gastroparesis Gene Mutation Glaucoma Glioblastoma Gluten Intolerance Goiter Goldenhar Syndrome Gout Grand Mal Seizures Grave’s Disease Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) Growths/Lumps on Skull HAE – Hereditary Angioedema (still being tested for verification) HAE – Hereditary Angioedema Type 3 Hair Loss Hairy Cell Leukemia Hashimoto’s auto-immune thyroid disease Headaches Head Sores Heat Intolerance Hearing Loss/Deafness Heart Attack Heart Disease Heart Failure Heart Problems/Surgery (Undefined) Heart Murmur (as a child) Heart Palpatations Heel Spur Hemangioma Hereditary (atypical) heochromatosis Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Hernia Herniated Discs High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol High Pulse Rate Hip Deformity, Pain, Surgery (Undefined) Hip Dysplasia Hip Pain (Undefined) Hip Replacement Hirsutism Histiocytosis Hives Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Hormone Issues/Replacement Hidradenitis suppurativa Hydrocephalus Hydrococle Hernia Hylan Membrane Hyman Issues (Partially Intact) Hypercoagulability Hyperhomocysteinemia Hyperinsulimia Hyperlipidemia Hypermobility Issues/ Surgeries Hyperparathyroidism Hypospadias Hypoplastic Heart Hyoplasia –Entire Right Side Hypertension Hyperthyroidism Hypoglycemia Hypothyroidism (HASHIMOTOS) Idiopathic Gastroparesis Idiopathic Intercranial Hypertension (IIH) Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) Platelet Disorder Immune System Issues (Undefined & IVIG Infusions) Incompetent Cervix Infertility (SECONDARY) Insulin Resistance Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Intracranial Cyst Intracranial Hypertension Involuntary Muscle Spasm (Face) (EYE, LEGSSTOACH,ABDOMEN) Iron Deficiency Irritable Bowel Syndrome Ischemic Heart Disease ITP Jaw Deformity/Surgery Joint & Muscle Problems/Pain Joint Hypermobility Syndrome Keratosis pilaris Kidney Disease/Surgery Kidney Stones, Infection, Cysts Kienbock’s Disease Knee Problems/Dysplasia ,Pain, Surgery Knee Replacement Lateral Microtia Lazy Eye (x2) Learning Disabilities Legally blind Lethargy Leukemia Leukocytosis with neutrophilia Lhermitte’s Sign Lichen Planus Liponas-(non-cancerous tumors throughout the body) Liver Disease (Fatty/Undefined) Liver Inflammation/Other Liver Lesions Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) Loss of Skin Pigment Loss of Strength in Limbs Low Blood Count (Red) Low Blood Pressure Low Estrogen Low Potassium Low Testosterone Low vitamin D levels…even with sun and supplements Lumbarization (Extra Vertabrae) Lung Deformity (3rd Lung) Lung Disease, Nodules, Tumors, Clots Lupus Lupus of the Skin Lymphoma Lymphatic Tumors/ Lymphangioma Lymphoblastic Leukemia Lymphocytic Thyroditis Macrodactyly Malabsorption of food/drink Marfan Syndrome Mastoiditis Melanoma (spreading) Memory Loss Memory Retention Problems Meniere’s Disease Menopause Issues (Early) Menstrual Cycle Issues Mental Health Issues Mental Retardation Menorrhagia Metabolic Syndromes Methicillin Staphylococcus Resistant Aureus (MSRA) Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Microtia Migraine headaches ( Cluster, Basilar, and Hemiplegic Migraines) Mild Displasia Miscarriages Missing a whole layer of dermis (skin) Missing Big Toe Missing Fingers Missing Limb (Right Leg, Below the Knee) Mitral valve prolapsed Mittelschmerz Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) Mood Swings Motor Development (Slow @ Childhood) Mullerian Aplasia Multiple Cardiac Arrests Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Reoccuring Undiagnosed Oozing Sores Muscle Spasms, Pain, Numbness, (Undefined) Musco-Skeletal Problems Muscular Dystrophy Myasthenia Gravis Mycobacterium gordonae Nasal Cancer Nasal Polyps Nausea/Vomiting for no apparent reason. Neck Pain/ Problems Nerve Damage Neuralgia: Face, Feet, Hands, Legs Neurocardiogenic Neurological Problems (Undefined) Neuropathy Neutropenia Nevus Sebaceous Night Blindness Nightmares Night Terrors Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Nosebleeds Numbness (Hands, Feet, Body, Limbs) Nystagmus Obesity Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder Orthostatic Hypotension Osteoarthritis Osteochondritis Osteogenesis Imperfecta Osteopenia Osteoporosis Osteosclerosis Osteo-Slaughters Ovarian Cancer Ovarian Cysts Overactive Bladder Pain (Undefined) Pain in chest, radiating up right side of neck Palate Problems Pancreatitis Pancytopenia Panic Attacks Para-Thyroid Gland Disfunction Paralysis Paresthesia Pericarditis Pars Plantis Patellar Subluxation (Left Knee) Pectus Excavatum Peeling As If Sunburned (Face and body) Pelvic Bones Not Fused Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (before hysterectomy) Pelvic Reconstruction/Issues Peptic Ulcers Peripheral Neuropathy Peripheral Nervous System Disorder Periventricular Leukomalacia Personality Disorder Phantom pains in random places in my body with no apparent cause Photo-sensitivity Pierre Robin Sequence Pituitary Gland Dysfunction Pituitary Issues/Tumors Pityriasis Planar Spaciatis Poland Syndrome Poliosis Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Poly Cystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Polycythemia Vera Without Genetic Factor Polymyositis Poor Egg Quality Porphyria Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Potassium Issues Preeclampsia Pregnancy Complications (Undefined) Pregnancy, Partial Molar Premature Babies Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Primitive Neuro-Ectodermal Tumor (PNET) Prolactinemia Prolapsed Cervix Prostate Problems/Enlarged Psoriasis Psoriatic Arthritis Psoriatic Rheumatoid Arthritis Pseudo tumor Cerebri Pseudo Obstruction (Intestinal, Neurological) Ptosis PTSD (Primary) PTSD (Secondary) Pulmonary Edema Pulmonary Embolism Pulmonary Fibrosis/Other (Undefined) Pulmonary Restriction Pyloric Stenosis PVC’s Rapid Absorption Rash (Skin, Newborn, Undefined) Raynaud’s Syndrome Rectal Prolapse Rectal Seal Prolapse Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Renal Cysts/Calcifications Renal Failure Reproductive Problems (Female) Respiratory Infections/Distress Restless Leg Syndrome Retroverted Uterus Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Rhabdomyosarcoma Rosacea Sacral Agenesis Sacral Luburalization Salpingitis Isthmica Nodosa (SIN) Sarcoidosis Schizophrenia Scladerma Scoliosis Sebaceous Cysts (Lumps on the head) Seizures, Stress Seizures, Petite Mal Sensitive Skin Sensitive to Medication Sensitive Teeth Septate Uterus Severe Chronic Neutropenia Severe Light Sensitivity Shingles: Ears, Mouth, Opthamalic, Throat Short term memory problems Sinus Tachycardia Sinus Infections/ Problems Sinusitis Sjogrens Skin Cancer Skin Problems/ Deformity Skin Rashes Sleep Apnea Slight Deviated Jaw Snoring Social Problems Spastic Colon Speech Problems Spina Bifida Spina Bifida Occulta Spinal Cord Disease/ Tumors Spinal Deformities Spinal Deterioration Spinal Meningitis Spinal Surgeries/ Pain (Undefined) Sphincter of Oddi Disorder- Splentic Cysts Spondyloarthropy Spondylithesis Spondylolytis Squamous Papilloma (Benign Polyp in Mouth) Steatohepatitis Stenosis of the Spine Stomach Pains/Problems Strabismus Strange Growths Stress Stroke Sturge Weber Syndrome Subglottal Stenosis Suicidal Tendencies Suicide Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) Swelling (Undefined) Swollen Glands Syndactyly Syringomyelia Tachycardia (Unknown, Due to WPW Syndrome) Temporal Arteritis Tendonitis Testicle Deformity Thinning of the hair, top front Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) Throat Tumors Thrombophilia Thyroid Cancer (Hoshimotos) Thyroid Issues & Cysts (Hyperthyroidism) Tilted Uterus Tinnitus (Lifelong) TMJ Tooth Decay (Abnormal) Tooth Formation Absence (Adult Teeth Never Came In) Torticollis Tonsillitis/Tonsillectomy Tourettes Toxic Shock Syndrome Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula Tremors/ Ticks Triple Ureter Triple X Syndrome Truncus Arteriosis Tuberculosis (TB) Tumors Tumor on the parathyroid Tumors on Liver Twitches Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Ulcers, Stomach, Mouth, Nose Ulcerated Colitis Undiagnosed Rash (One Side of Body) Unexplained Numbness Unexplained Tingling (Right Side Of Body) Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)/ Issues Uterine Cancer Uterine Leiomyosarcoma Urticaria Unspecified Immunodeficiency Uterine Fibroids Uterine Polyps Vacterl syndrome Vaginal Bleeding Vaginosis Vasculitis Vascular Headaches Varicose Veins Vertibrae, Extra/ Missing Vertigo Vision Problems Vitiligo Vomiting Von Willebrand’s Disease Vulvodynia (Pain In The Vulva) Weak Muscles (Left Leg) Webbed Toes Weight Loss Whole Thyroidectomy Surgery Wolff- Parkinson- White Syndrome VA has recognized that certain birth defects among Veterans’ children are associated with Veterans’ qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea. Spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta), a defect in the developing fetus that results in incomplete closing of the spine, is associated with Veterans’ exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea. Birth defects in children of women Veterans is associated with their military service in Vietnam, but are not related to herbicide exposure. The affected child must have been conceived after the Veteran entered Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone during the qualifying service period. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
Many Children of Vietnam Veterans (COVVs) and family members of COVVs, contact us with questions about COVV’s health concerns. At this point in time, the government does not recognize that Agent Orange causes birth defects or illnesses in the children (or grandchildren) of male Vietnam Veterans, unless the COVV has Spina Bifida (Only for Children of Vietnam Vets not Grandchildren). This is a tragic denial of the many unexplained medical illnesses and birth defects many Children of Male Vietnam Veterans face. Please, if you or a loved one is suffering from an unexplained birth defect, or illness, you think may be caused by Agent Orange read the information below. Please file a claim with the Department Of Veterans Affairs as soon as possible. This claim will be denied, but we have to start identifying ourselves with the VA. You can find all mentioned forms on www.Va.gov. Please follow the instructions below: You will need to provide years your Father was in Vietnam and his Social Security number. If your father has passed away, and his death was linked to Agent Orange exposure, state that. 1. Application for benefits (be sure to keep copies for your records) A. Complete claim form no. 21-03042 B. Complete Statement of support form no. 21-4138 used to add additional information. Add anything you feel is necessary in understanding your claim. Send these forms in as soon as possible! 2. RECEIVING YOUR DENIAL Please be advised your claim will be denied. It will state, “There is no record of your mother serving in Vietnam or Korea. There is no proof of spina bifida.” This is their standard answer to all of the children of male Vietnam Veterans (unless you have Spina Bifida, then you are eligible for benefits). 3. Filing an appeal A. Your next step is to file an appeal 1. Complete: Appeal Form VA9 2. Complete: Release of Medical Information Form 21-4142 a. The VA most likely will not attempt to acquire your records 4. Prepare for the hearing A. Wait for your hearing Date B. Gather all your medical records that support your claim 5. The Hearing A. Take any witnesses that can support your claim B. Contact your Senator or Congressman and senator, asking them to attend the hearing or to send a representative.
Served with the 272nd from April 66-67. After Nha Trang we traveled to Phu My, Phu Cat, Tuy Hoa, Tuy An, and Bong Son on the River along with other villages along the way. This was the 2nd Platoon of the Fighting Deuce under Lt. William Johnson. LZ Hammond & LZ English working both with the 101st Airborne and the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile.