2/94th Battalion Update Number 9


Items to discuss


Toxin Birth Defects


I put together a generic response I could post as I get so many questions from around the country on our toxin issues.  I can use this and then only answer those questions that are unique to the specific e-mail.


This was in response to a 1st Cav trooper’s wife, a very smart lady, and highly educated in nursing and the medical field.


I posted that at http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/1stcavresponse.htm


You can click over there and read that if you choose. 


I did want to you note that in my prior discussions, which are included in that link also, is the fact that this maternal side was awarded not because of toxins but because of “service in Vietnam.”  Yet, in 2000 Dr. Albanese before a congressional hearing stated categorically he had seen the VA report that initiated this new award for maternal birth defects and said the “exact same findings” were found in the Ranch Hand study.  Because they did not meet a linear dose response to toxins and held to a much higher standard, the Ranch Hand Report denied all of this on the paternal side.  He then added that this was a “real tragedy.”


It is scary, I am starting to think like the VA and understand why they do things the way they do. 


Just think about it for a minute.  If the VA had stated that “because of the toxin” exposures of women that served in Vietnam, they were awarding compensations for the damaged offspring in certain areas.  Do you realize what an impact that would have not only in this nation, but Vietnam, all the women in this country from about 1967 that reported the same issues around the forests that were sprayed with these same toxins by the forestry service?  The women around the world that this has happened to while the chemical companies cried no connection.


Again, the only reason why the paternal side is turned down for us is the government numbers game.


Can anyone honestly say they believe our government that only spina bifida is a problem with all the many variations of birth defects, variations in severity of birth defects, and generational link to our grandchildren with birth defects.  Our own battalion shows men who fathered healthy children before going over, after returning could not due to miscarriages.   The connection that some of these men especially those that had extended tours or two tours are already dead from toxin damages.  Connection?  I think an 8th grader could make that connection.


I found the same thing in another veteran who is fighting for his battalion and dispel this government charade.  A retired LTC from down in III Corps found the same thing in his men at alarming rates.


The one thing that has perplexed me in all this research that has become so obvious once you realize whose side the government is really on; is the media.  Where in the heck have they been the last 40 years?  I have no answer at this time but it is quite obvious there has been no media on our side.  When I did find something in a newspaper that blasted the government or chemical company it was there for one day,  pulled, and not followed up.


Absolutely zero on the national news media coverage and scene.  It seems their really important coverage is reserved for the two horses and the one person that died in Idaho or some place from West Nile Virus.


The government and chemical companies tag team continue!


For you fellows with heart issues and others - I did post on that above 1st Cav link, what the Koreans found regarding some issues our government has not even touched or even talked about and the statistical levels they found them to.  Yet, I found evidence in the transcripts they have known about it for many years.


When I found that birth defects discussion from the 2000 congressional meeting and that they were thinking at that time to cover some of these maternal birth defects.  I had started looking for what was going to be inclusive.  I had no luck.  Even after I found it had been awarded to Vietnam Service and not tied to herbicides and it categorically says as a specific point not tied to Agent Orange, I had no luck in finding our just what was covered.


Glenda found it recently on an American Legion website.  Which I want to tell all of you directly that only the American Legion (of the big three) is still in there fighting for us and our offspring at some levels.  The rest have given up and capitulated to the VA.  I am not a member of either just reporting what I found.


What is covered is below for maternal offspring damages only.  (But I have some good news for some on the paternal side of this so-called maternal service in Vietnam and not toxin related.)



I have added some definitions below of those that are not obvious of the defect itself.


Achondroplasia = A child with achondroplasia has a relatively normal torso and short arms and legs.  The upper arms and thighs are more shortened than the forearms and lower legs.  Generally, the head is large, the forehead is prominent, and the nose is flat at the bridge.  Sometimes, the large head size reflects hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the brain), and requires surgery.


Esophageal and intestinal atresia = The absence or closure of a normal body orifice or tubular passage such as the anus, intestine, esophagus, or external ear canal.


Hallermaneiff syndrome = Hallermaneiff syndrome is a rare congenital anomaly characterized by a peculiar bird facies, mandibular and maxillary hypoplasia, dyscephaly, cataracts, microphtalmia, hypotrichosis, skin atrophy, and short stature.  Dental abnormalities are present in 80 percent of the cases and include malocclusion, crowding, severe caries, supernumerary and neonatal teeth, enamel hypoplasia, hypodontia, premature eruption of primary dentition, agenesis of permanent teeth, and anterior displacement or absence of condyles


Hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis = Hydrocephalus comes from the Greek: "hydro" means water, "cephalus" means head.  Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within cavities called ventricles inside the brain.


Aqueductal stenosis is the enlargement of the lateral and 3rd ventricles with a normal 4th ventricle.


Hypospadias = Hypospadias is a birth defect found in boys in which the urinary tract opening is not at the tip of the penis.


Imperforate anus = Imperforate anus is a congenital absence or obstruction of the anal opening.


Neural tube defects (including spina bifida, encephalocele, and anencephaly)


An encephalocele is the herniation of the brain through a congenital or traumatic opening in the cranium.  Alterations and distortions of the surrounding facial structures, such as deformities of the naso-orbital skeleton due to an absence or separation of bone in the midline of the face, are complications of encephaloceles due to their position and size.


An anencephaly is the neural tube is a narrow sheath that folds and closes between the 3rd and 4th wks of pregnancy (roughly 21 to 28 days after conception) to form the brain and spinal cord.  When the cephalic or head end of the tube fails to close properly, it results in the absence of the major portion of the brain, skull and at times scalp.  Infants are born without a fore-brain (the thinking and coordinating area) and are usually blind, deaf, and unconscious and are unable to feel pain.  Infants may exhibit reflex actions, such as respiration and responses to touch and sound.


Poland syndrome =Poland syndrome consists of a deficiency of subcutaneous fat and muscles on one side of the body.  It may include underdevelopment of the arm, hand, and fingers on the same side, and may be associated with other conditions such as Moebius syndrome or Klippel-Feil syndrome.  The right side of the body is affected twice as often as the left.

Poland syndrome does seem to affect males more commonly than females.


Poland syndrome has several distinctive symptoms:


Additional symptoms on the affected side may include:



Pyloric stenosis = Pyloric stenosis is the narrowing of part of the stomach (the pylorus).


Tracheoesophageal fistula = A fistula is a connection between two tubes.  The breathing tube that connects the nose and mouth with the lungs is called the trachea.  The esophagus is the swallowing tube.  The breathing tube and the swallowing tube aren't supposed to be connected.  However, when a child has a tracheoesophageal fistula, the fistula connects the two tubes.  This means that food or milk in the stomach can get into the lungs.  This can cause breathing problems and even pneumonia.


Williams syndrome = Many people with Williams Syndrome exhibit autistic behaviors.  This includes: developmental and language delays, problems in gross motor skills, hypersensitivity to sounds, being picky eaters, and perseverating.


These individuals differ from the typical autistic individual because they also have cardiovascular abnormalities, high blood pressure, elevated calcium levels, and are very sociable.  They also have unique pixie-like facial features--almond shaped eyes, oval ears, full lips, small chins, narrow faces, and broad mouths.


Many of these conditions and symptoms seemed to overlap in many symptoms and severity and I would assume there is some gold standard amongst the symptoms that some predetermined two or three characteristics make a confirmed diagnosis of one or the other. Similar to the differential of which autoimmune disease is being diagnosed.  Otherwise, it was just be a doctors opinion of what the disorder is related to.


The good news for Vietnam Veteran Fathers with offspring that have some of these disorders is as follows:



Another birth defect service connected


Birth Defect Research for Children

February 22, 2005

This morning I received a call from Ken Cook a Vietnam veteran from Idaho, who I have worked with since 1999 in trying to get his son Michael's condition service-connected.  Michael is severely impaired due to a condition called
Dandy Walker Syndrome, which means cystic structures in the brain.  Ken reported the good news that Michael has been service connected under the spina bifida payment program and awarded the highest classification rate which will provide $1440 a month over Michael's lifetime.

This is a monumental decision because it expands the definition of neural tube defects to include conditions other than just spina bifida.

According to the reviewing neurologist, Dr. Genet D'Arcy,

"As a neurologist, I would have to state that it would be my opinion that neural tube defects felt to be etiologically related to a teratogen should all be included and not just one, as that does not make embryologic logical sense.  As Dandy Walker is, by most authors felt to be a neural tube defect, it would be the opinion of this examiner that if the child carries this diagnosis that he does in fact have a neural tube defect and therefore has an analogous disorder to spina bifida. ...Dandy-Walker is, in the opinion of this examiner, a neural tube defect and therefore, it is as likely as not that he (Michael) is warranted for compensation on the qualification as a diagnosis related to spina bifida and presumed Agent Orange exposure on the part of the father while serving in Vietnam."

In this opinion, other neurologic conditions including
lissencephaly, microgyria and agenesis of the corpus callosum are also mentioned as related to Dandy Walker cysts and thus within the spectrum of neural tube defects.


To bad we do not have more stand-up doctors in this nation that are willingly to fight the most corrupt federal agency ever formed.  Unfortunately, I have found that when a doctor does speak up the VA then goes after the doctor tying up his resources, time, and money.

In another case, Michele Jones versus Prinicipi (00-669), a paralyzed Vietnam veteran won compensation for his daughter who was born with
encephalocele, also a neural tube defect.

We need to get the word out to the veteran community about these awards so that other families with qualifying children can apply for compensation.

With best regards,

Betty Mekdeci
Executive Director
Birth Defect Research for Children

930 Woodcock Road, Suite 225
Orlando, FL 32803
407-895-0802 Fax 407-895-0824


I agree and I hope the word gets out.  It is obvious the government will not announce any of this on CNN.  Only when the two horses and one person dies from West Nile virus does that happen.


Thanks to Ms. Mekdeci from all of us Veterans!!!!!!!!!!!


Dandy Walker Syndrome = The Dandy-Walker syndrome is a malformation of the brain that involves the maldevelopment of the cerebellum (hindbrain), associated with a cystic enlargement of this area, and frequently hydrocephalus. This malformation occurs in approximately one in 25,000 babies. It accounts for approximately 1 - 4% of cases of hydrocephalus and is seen more frequently in females than in males. There are a spectrum of abnormalities in this area that resemble the Dandy-Walker malformations. This may help explain why some of the newer descriptions of this abnormality refer to posterior fossa cysts and cyst-like formations rather than the classic Dandy-Walker malformation.

The normal structures in the back of the brain include the cerebellum which lies on top of the brain stem and encloses a space referred to as the fourth ventricle. This space connects the ventricles of the upper brain (the cerebrum) through a narrow canal called the aqueduct of Sylvius. Normally, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows from the interior of the cerebrum through this canal through the fourth ventricle to bathe the outside of the brain and the spinal cord. In the Dandy-Walker malformation, the cerebellum is poorly developed, and a large cyst of CSF develops in this area. This cyst may lift up and displace the back portion of the brain as well as cause an internal obstruction of the normal flow of CSF with resultant hydrocephalus.

These patients may have other abnormalities in the development of the brain, including decreased connections from one side of the cerebrum to the other side. Developmental malformations outside the nervous system may occur in approximately 30% of these patients. These other malformations include cleft lip, cleft palate, cardiac malformation, orthopedic and respiratory problems, and urinary structural abnormalities.


Lissencephaly = Lissencephaly, which literally means "smooth brain," is a rare, gene-linked brain malformation characterized by the absence of normal convolutions (folds) in the cerebral cortex and an abnormally small head (microcephaly). It is caused during embryonic development by defective neuronal migration, the process in which nerve cells move from their place of origin to their permanent location. Symptoms of the disorder may include unusual facial appearance, difficulty swallowing, failure to thrive, muscle spasms, seizures, and severe psychomotor retardation. Hands, fingers, or toes may be deformed. Lissencephaly may be associated with other diseases including isolated lissencephaly sequence, Miller-Dieker syndrome, and Walker-Warburg syndrome.


Microgyria  = A microgyrus is an area of the cerebral cortex that includes only four cortical layers instead of six. Microgyria are believed by some to be the cause of, or one of the causes of, dyslexia.

Albert Galaburda of Harvard Medical School noticed that language centers in dyslexic brains showed microscopic flaws known as ectopias and microgyria. Both affect the normal six-layer structure of the cortex. These flaws affect connectivity and functionality of the cortex in critical areas related to sound and visual processing. These and similar structural abnormalities may be the basis of the inevitable and hard to overcome difficulty in reading.


Agenesis of the corpus callosum =Agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) is a birth defect in which the structure that connects the two hemispheres of the brain (the corpus callosum) is partially or completely absent. ACC can occur as an isolated condition or in combination with other cerebral abnormalities, including Arnold-Chiari malformation, Dandy-Walker syndrome, Andermann syndrome, schizencephaly (clefts or deep divisions in brain tissue), and holoprosencephaly (failure of the forebrain to divide into lobes.) Girls may have a gender-specific condition called Aicardi's syndrome, which causes severe mental retardation, seizures, abnormalities in the vertebra of the spine, and lesions on the retina of the eye. ACC can also be associated with malformations in other parts of the body, such as midline facial defects. The effects of the disorder range from subtle or mild to severe, depending on associated brain abnormalities. Intelligence may be normal with mild compromise of skills requiring matching of visual patterns. But children with the most severe brain malformations may have intellectual retardation, seizures, hydrocephalus, and spasticity.


Encephalocele = documented above


After discussing some of this with Major Meredith’s daughter, Amy, and some of her two son’s issues and others who have contacted the website which I will given an example below.  After reviewing all of this information there has to be some connection that some of this is or all of it is associated to 13th and/or 18th chromosome damages since many of these symptoms overlap in symptoms and severity of symptoms described in the governments announcements.


Although I had this documented before when talking with Amy last year.  Coincidence or luck? I do not think so.  


13th chromosome damages: low birth weight, even when born full-term.  They have a small head, with a sloping forehead.  Usually, there are major structural problems with the brain, which are diagnosed shortly after birth.  Often, the front of the brain does not divide properly, resulting in a condition called holoprosencephaly.  This can cause changes in the development of the baby's face, where the eyes are close set, or the nose or nostrils are underdeveloped.  Cleft lip and cleft palate are present, eye problems are common, and the ears are low-set and unusual in shape.  Scalp abnormalities (cutis aplasia) that resemble ulcers.  They can also have birthmarks, which are purplish-red in color, that is made up of tiny blood vessels close to the skin (hemangiomas).  Many babies with extra fingers and toes (polydactyly), the feet may have prominent heels.  In 80 percent of the cases, there are other health problems present at birth.  These include heart defects, kidney problems, and/or an omphalocele (a condition in which some of the abdominal organs protrude through an opening in the abdominal muscles in the area of the umbilical cord).  In males, the testes fail to descend into the scrotum.  Females may have an abnormally shaped uterus, called a bicornuate uterus.


18th chromosome damages: spina bifida, eye problems, cleft lip and palate (in most cases), and hearing loss.  It is also common to see feeding problems, slow growth, seizures, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and scoliosis (curvature of the spine).  In males, the testes fail to descend into the scrotum.


It seems these two are the predominately chromosome damages that are passed on by either side and the parent may not have any signs.


Also the EPA has pointed out the offspring skeletal development problems seemed to be associated with dioxin exposures.


The VA in their classified and unpublished birth defects report (1989) compared the dioxin birth defects to the Thalidomide issue of the 50's and 60's which also had a lot to do with skeletal foreshortened extremities.


In addition to these what are obvious chromosome defects, and after reviewing the other studies there is no doubt that endocrine disturbances are also being passed on.  Since endocrine issues are about 50% hereditary and we know that all studies have found this as a result of service in Vietnam regardless of  the cause.


The nice nurse lady I wrote the 1st Cav response to, she also had many offspring issues that are documented above.  Obviously she never served in Vietnam but her first Cav husband is ate up with toxin damages.  Her daughter also had some of the same issues and her daughter was told not to try and have children.  Her close friend whose husband had served in the same unit as her husband also had the same issues and lost children from some of these same issues.


E-mail from another daughter of a Vet:


Your web site rocks and kicks butt. 


Hi I am Rhonda,


I have been doing a little study myself. I am a offspring of a Vietnam soldier, and I have been declared disabled.  I have a list and a half of problems, doctors say are hereditary but guess what no one has ever suffered from over half these problems. Like endometriosis it is hereditary on my mothers side scientist say, but guess what; no one in my family history has it and that includes my mother.


Its so bad I had to have surgery and later had to get a hysterectomy.  I also have a twin sister who is disabled.  We are 31 now and she has three kids with retardation; and lost one to spina bifida and anacephalic.


So I am with you and your frustration, I am here if I can be of any help, this includes any new studies of offspring of Agent Orange.


Good luck and God bless.



Endometriosis = the word "endometrium," which is the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus and builds up and sheds each month in the menstrual cycle. In endometriosis, tissue like the endometrium is found outside the uterus, in other areas of the body. In these locations outside the uterus, the endometrial tissue develops into what are called "nodules," "tumors," "lesions," "implants," or "growths." These growths can cause pain, infertility, and other problems.

Anacephalic = (human beings born with no brain) who may be able to carry on some basic life processes are not conscious and may not live for more than a few hours or less.


In reviewing many issues of just the veterans themselves it seems this toxin damage is developing disorders that indeed would have been in the past associated with hereditary issues since the cell DNA is being changed in our toxin issues. Yet there is no sign of any thing within four generations of these disorders within the family history.  The only hereditary damage I can find that would show up in skipping a generation is the 13th and 18th chromosome damage.


I would submit that for our offspring toxin legacy the same thing is happening in the medical community when an offspring is found damaged.  Oh well, it is hereditary.   This is because of our own governments medical information void created on purpose with malice and forethought, in my opinion.


I could only include one chapter in the book to our offspring and it probably should have been a separate book by itself.


It is obvious that over 300 million dollars of government studies did not address these issues.  Including covering up a 50% increase in birth defects (not just spina bifida) in the Ranch Hand study group as far back as 1982.



Best to all.