CHECK OUT THIS SITE:
I know I usually post fun stuff and layouts and I'm my usual snarky-self, but at my Daddy's request I am posting something for you to check out or more of to just spread the word. This is something that hits close to home for me b/c my dad is directly affected by this, chances are you may know someone too. This is an organization for Vietnam Veterans honoring men and women affected by exposure to Agent Orange.
This just isn't for my dad that I posted this, I'm posting it for anyone who is suffering in silence or who is no longer suffering the effects of this horrible thing. I believe strongly in our country and our freedom and I have great resepct for those who give their lives and those who are sacrificing their safety and comfort for us at this very moment.
My Grandpa Gardner fought in WWII, my Uncle John was in Germany, my Daddy, Dennis fought in Vietnam as did my neighbor CJ, who is very much like family to me, my Father in Law Russ was in Korea, my Brother in Law Kevin fought in the Persian Gulf War and my Cousin Scott fought in The Persian Gulf War and again in 2003 at the start of the War with Iraq....and I suspect that won't be the end of military honor in our family.
My dad is a wonderful man - he's funny, full of character, handsome, caring, driven, loyal and spent his life working hard so that I wouldn't go without. What I didn't know is that he was suffering, he didn't even know he was suffering.......it wasn't until recently that he FINALLY sought help. My dad is a Vietnam Vet, a lot of people are, but a lot of people don't realize that they have health problems as a direct result of being exposed to Agent Orange. This site is a wonderful site for infomation, how other vets can seek out help they need or just find someone to talk to....sometimes that's all you need.
I encourage you to check it out, or pass it onto someone who served in Vietnam who may not be aware of it.
You can find my dad on page 6 of the many honored so far.
Specialist E-5 Dennis J. Gardner U.S. Army #167-06