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Hidden Victims of the Vietnam War

Hidden Victims of the Vietnam War

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Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia WA president Richard Williams said he had compiled a dossier of four cases of veterans' children with health problems which he believed were related to their fathers' exposure to toxic chemicals during service in Vietnam.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia WA president Richard Williams said he had compiled a dossier of four cases of veterans' children with health problems which he believed were related to their fathers' exposure to toxic chemicals during service in Vietnam.

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Published by: Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance on Feb 20, 2014
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MALCOLM QUEKETT The West AustralianFebruary 15, 2014, 2:55 am
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West Australian children of soldiers who served in the Vietnam War are suffering a range of mysteriousillnesses, sparking a call to provide them with more government help.
Perth woman Erica Ward. Picture: The West Australian/Lincoln Baker
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Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia WA president Richard Williams said he had compiled a dossier of four cases of veterans'children with health problems which he believed were related to their fathers' exposure to toxic chemicals during service inVietnam.He also believed the problems were now showing up in the grandchildren of Vietnam veterans.One of the cases he says rings alarm bells is that of Perth woman Erica Ward, 30, who is battling a range of health conditions.Mr Williams took Mrs Ward's case to the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Returned and Services League.RSL branches in WA, Victoria and NSW, along with the VVAAWA, clubbed together to donate $20,000 to enable Mrs Ward to receivetreatment at a clinic in Bali."I have little doubt that exposure to toxic herbicides and pesticides in Vietnam is the contributing factor to these ongoing healthproblems with veterans and their families," Mr Williams said.Mr Williams said Mrs Ward's family tree showed no evidence of significant health problems until her father Alan Bennett's Vietnamservice.Mr Bennett recalls he was sprayed with pesticides and has since had a range of health problems.Mrs Ward's doctor has also raised suspicions about the Vietnam link. The department said it could not comment on Mr Bennett or his children but it was "known that a variety of insecticides wereemployed by Australian forces in Vietnam".Compensation and medical treatment for veterans was provided "where the condition is found to be causally related to service",the department said.It said exposure to some insecticides, Agent Orange and related herbicides were all considered to be relevant factors. The department said studies in 2000 had found a "higher than expected prevalence of certain conditions among children of Vietnam veterans".As a result it had set up a support program that offered treatment-related benefits to children of Vietnam veterans who had been
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