Even if you were not in the specific areas where
it was recorded to have been sprayed with chemicals, there is a good chance you were exposed because of over-spraying, wind
drifts, food and water contamination, besides the high incidence of unrecorded sprayings. Helicopter pilots have developed
related fatal illnesses from having flown unknowingly through contaminated clouds and transporting the chemical containers.
Men have died that were in non-combat positions, miles from the fighting and the jungle. Women who served as nurses, far from
the front lines, have suffered the painful losses of miscarriages, stillbirths, and babies born with the severe birth defects
including Spina Bifida.
There is no way to determine how many Vietnam Veterans
and military civilian personnel have died without knowing the connection of their illnesses to Agent Orange and other related
chemical compounds. The civilian medical world does not respond well to the relationship of Agent Orange and Vietnam Veterans
illnesses. There is a lack of communication from the Veterans Administration regarding their on-going studies and findings.
Also, there are many variables involved as to the amount of chemicals sprayed, where spraying occurred, whom it was sprayed
on, and the effects on humans.
Unfortunately, the numbers speak for themselves
- over 2.5 MILLION troops were exposed during that time frame (1962-1975) and over a quarter million have already died from
Agent Orange related diseases that we know of.
This information could assist in expanding your
life span- You need to take this information to your private health care provider and to your local VA Medical Center and
tell them you want to be screened YEARLY for the cancers and conditions listed below. If something does develop, please register
at the nearest VA Agent Orange Registry in your local VA Medical Center, so that you and your family can receive the services
and benefits for which you may qualify. The VA provides an annual Agent Orange and Persian Gulf Review brochure with the latest
information on medical studies, legislation and services available through the VA, in relation to illnesses, Agent Orange
and other chemicals. Brochures are available at VA Medical Centers, Agent Orange/Persian Gulf Registry Departments, and by
requesting to be added to the mailing list of Department of Veteran Affairs at (202)273-8580.
of the bronchus
of the larynx
of the lung
of the trachea
soft part sarcoma
cell sarcoma of aponeuroses
cell sarcoma of tendons
and infantile fibrosarcoma
giant cell tumor of tendon sheath
schwannoma with rhabdomyoblastic proliferating (systemic) angiendotheliomatosis
- Synovial sarcoma
- Diabetes - Type II - Adult
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Soft-tissue sarcoma
- Peripheral neuropathy
Disabilities in children of Vietnam veterans:
and Disabilities Having the Best Chance of Being Added in the Future:
- Breast Cancer
- Childhood Cancer (in Children of Vietnam Veterans)
- Chronic Peripheral Nervous System Disorders
- Circulatory Disorders
- Cognitive and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
- Female Reproductive Cancers (cervical, uterine, ovarian)
- Hepatobiliary Cancers
- Immune System Disorders
- Liver Cancer
- Low Birth weight (in Children of Vietnam Veterans)
- Metabolic and Digestive Disorders (diabetes, changes in liver enzymes, lipid abnormalities, ulcers)
- Motor or Coordination Dysfunction
- Nasal or Nasopharyngeal Cancer
- Neonatal or Infant Death and Stillbirths
- Renal Cancer
- Respiratory Disorders
- Skin Cancer
- Spontaneous Abortion
- Testicular Cancer
Peripheral Neuropathy - A temporary dysfunction involving the nervous system.
Fibrosarcoma - A tumor formed as an adult derived from connective tissue.
Soft Part Sarcoma - A sarcoma found in the alveolus, the sac-like ducts
in the lung.
- A tumor occurring in the breast and skin, and believed to originate from blood
Defects - An abnormal structure, function, or metabolism of the fetus,
whether genetically determined or as the result of an environmental influence during embryonic or fetal life.
of the Bronchus. A malignant tumor found in a bronchus, an extension of
the trachea (windpipe) connecting to the lungs.
of the Larynx. A malignant tumor found in the larynx (voice box).
of the Lung - A malignant tumor found in the lung.
of the Prostate - A malignant tumor found in the prostate gland.
of the Trachea - A malignant tumor found in the trachea (windpipe).
- An acne-like eruption due to prolonged contact with certain chlorinated compounds.
Cell Sarcoma of Aponeuroses - A sarcoma found at the end of a muscle where
it becomes a tendon.
Cell Sarcoma of Tendons - A sarcoma found in the tendons.
Fibrosarcoma - A malignant tumor formed before birth and derived from connective
- A relatively slow growing benign skin tumor consisting of one or more firm nodules.
- A tumor found in a certain part of the skin.
Malignant Leiomyosarcoma - A malignant tumor derived from smooth muscle
found in the layer covering the muscle.
Malignant Schwannoma - A moderately firm, benign, tumor found in the layers
of membrane covering surfaces inside the body, caused by too many Schwann cells growing in a disorderly manner.
Sarcoma - A tumor found in the membrane covering surfaces inside the body.
- Extraskeletal Ewings Sarcoma - A tumor outside
the bone consisting of small, rounded cells.
- A tumor derived from blood vessels and lining blood filled spaces.
Disease - A tumor in the lymph nodes characterized by the increasing enlargement
of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia.
Fibrosarcoma - A tumor formed as a child derived from fibrous connective
- A tumor derived from smooth muscle.
- A tumor that may occur in any site in the body consisting of irregular fat cells.
- A tumor derived from blood vessels.
- A malignant tumor of lymph nodes.
Fibrous Histiocytoma - A
type of tumor present in connective tissue
Giant Cell Tumor of the Tendon Sheath - A tumor found in the membrane of
Glandular Schwannoma - A
moderately firm, malignant tumor in the glands caused by too many Schwann cells growing in a disorderly pattern.
Glomus Tumor - A tumor
found in the glomus, the tiny nodes found in the nail bed, pads of fingers and toes, ears, hands, feet and many other organs
of the body.
Hemangiopericytoma - A tumor characterized by rapidly growing fat cells
formed in blood vessels and lining blood filled spaces.
Mesenchymoma - A malignant tumor in the embryonic tissue or fluid.
Schwannoma with Rhabdomyoblastic - A moderately firm, malignant tumor found
in skeletal muscle resulting from the rapid growth of Schwann cells in a disorderly pattern.
Myeloma - Cancer of specific bone marrow cells characterized by bone marrow
tumors in various bones of the body.
Lymphoma - Malignant tumors
of the lymph nodes, distinguished from Hodgkins disease by the absence of the giant Reed-Sternberg cells.
Neuropathy - A dysfunction involving either the somatic nerves or the autonomic
system. See also acute peripheral neuropathy and subacute peripheral neuropathy.
Cutanea Tarda - A disease
characterized by liver dysfunction and light sensitive lesions, with pigment changes in the skin.
(systemic) Angiendotheliomatosis - A growing number of benign tumors formed
in blood vessels. Often causes skin discoloration.
- A tumor derived from skeletal muscle.
- A tumor arising in connective tissue, bone, cartilage, or muscle.
Tissue Sarcoma - A diverse group of sarcomas arising in the soft tissues
that are found in and around organs.
Bifida - A disability characterized by the defective closure of the spinal
cord, through which the cord is exposed and may protrude.
Peripheral Neuropathy - A dysfunction involving either nervous system with
a course between acute (temporary) and chronic (long duration).
Sarcoma - A tumor found in the lubricating fluid surrounding joints and
For further information, contact your local Veterans
Affairs Medical Center at 1-800-827-1000 or
the V.A. Administration Office at 1-800-922-9234.
- Veterans Administration Office - www.va.gov / 1-800-827-1000
- Dept. of Veterans Affairs - 1-800-827-1000
- U.S. Vietnam Veterans with Canadian Citizenship
- Call Vermont V.A. Medical Center and Regional Offices - 1-866-687-8387 / www.va.state.vt.us
- Agent Orange Claims Office
- Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental
Agents Service (for Agent Orange Review Brochures) 1-202-273-8580
- Long Beach, CA. - V.A. Medical Center Agent Orange
/ Persian Gulf Registry -1-562-826-2862
- V.A. Gulf War Veterans Info. Hotline - www.va.gov / 1-800-749-8387
- National Veterans Benefits and Legal Services
Program - 1-202-265-8305
- Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) -
www.vva.org / 1-800-626-8387
- Veterans Advisory Commission - 1-800-872-1366
- Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation - 1-310-338-0377
- Agent Orange Widows Awareness Coalition
- www.aowac.org / 1-562-421-4640
P.O. Box 92131, Long Beach, CA. 90809-2131