Urgent Agent Orange Action Alert – DEADLINE IS TODAY!



My apologies to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), but we at Veterans Today received a request from VVA Director of Communications, Mokie Porter  to help spread the word on this Agent Orange related project idea.

I screwed up thinking that I posted this yesterday as I headed out the door to run personal errands – I screwed up!!!

Regardless, Veterans Today and our Facebook readers still have until the end of today to take action.

Mokie notes that this is critical to efforts to get care and research for the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans who are experiencing health problems related to Agent Orange and related toxic chemical exposures.

The more of a response the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) receives, the more likely this project will move from idea to reality.

Click to read about the issues facing the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans

Click to register and log in to VOTE FOR this AO research proposal.

We need your help asap. The deadline to vote is April 30th.

Thank you!

Mokie Pratt Porter, Director of Communications,  Vietnam Veterans of America at  301-585-4000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-585-4000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Ext. 146

Posted by ROBERT L. HANAFIN, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired, U.S. Civil Service-Retired, Veterans Issues Editor, Veterans Today News Network

Children’s Centers To Study Prenatal Effects of Dioxins

This is important. The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) has a voting for project ideas. One of the projects proposed is to look at the effects of dioxins (like Agent Orange) on the children and grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans.

Go to the link and register, and vote “I Agree” . Registration is simple. Just click the “register” at the very top right of the page and give your email address. After registering find the “I Agree” and click it. Each family member can vote under their own email address.

For the next person to vote. Log out the one who just voted, click register to register the next person and that person can vote “I Agree”. Repeat the process for each person in the family who wants to vote. This is a Vietnam Veterans issue no reason we should not be in first place in the voting.

Here is the link. Do this for our kids and grand kids. I ask for you help on this please.


The children of Vietnam veterans are the largest living sample for studying the possible adverse reproductive outcomes of their parent(s)’ exposures to dioxins.

Data collection on thousands of cases of children reported by their parents to the National Birth Defect Registry suggests a pattern of negative reactions to their parents exposure to dioxins that includes increases in learning, attention, immune and endocrine disorders.

Creating a NIEHS center(s) to study these reproductive effects of parental exposure to dioxins could contribute to a valuable database of knowledge on the reproductive effects of dioxins that would be applicable to exposures in the civilian environment.

Please forward this to everyone in your email book.

Alan Oates, Director Legislative Issues, Research Review & Special Projects, U.S. Military Veterans with Parkinson’s, 4270 South Ox Rd Edinburg , VA 22824


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Readers are more than welcome to use the articles I’ve posted on Veterans Today, I’ve had to take a break from VT as Veterans Issues and Peace Activism Editor and staff writer due to personal medical reasons in our military family that take away too much time needed to properly express future stories or respond to readers in a timely manner. My association with VT since its founding in 2004 has been a very rewarding experience for me. Retired from both the Air Force and Civil Service. Went in the regular Army at 17 during Vietnam (1968), stayed in the Army Reserve to complete my eight year commitment in 1976. Served in Air Defense Artillery, and a Mechanized Infantry Division (4MID) at Fort Carson, Co. Used the GI Bill to go to college, worked full time at the VA, and non-scholarship Air Force 2-Year ROTC program for prior service military. Commissioned in the Air Force in 1977. Served as a Military Intelligence Officer from 1977 to 1994. Upon retirement I entered retail drugstore management training with Safeway Drugs Stores in California. Retail Sales Management was not my cup of tea, so I applied my former U.S. Civil Service status with the VA to get my foot in the door at the Justice Department, and later Department of the Navy retiring with disability from the Civil Service in 2000. I’ve been with Veterans Today since the site originated. I’m now on the Editorial Board. I was also on the Editorial Board of Our Troops News Ladder another progressive leaning Veterans and Military Family news clearing house. I remain married for over 45 years. I am both a Vietnam Era and Gulf War Veteran. I served on Okinawa and Fort Carson, Colorado during Vietnam and in the Office of the Air Force Inspector General at Norton AFB, CA during Desert Storm. I retired from the Air Force in 1994 having worked on the Air Staff and Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon.
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