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Agent Orange - Heather Bowser Co-Founder of COVVHA Visits Japan

“Traveling Around the Globe Towards our Future” is the theme of the symposium.

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(LANGHORNE, PA) - Heather Bowser, Co Founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance (COVVHA) will Visit Tokyo, Yokohama, and Okinawa Japan educating others about Agent Orange dioxin this month.

Heather A. Bowser
77th Peace Boat Voyage 2012

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Heather Bowser was the Agent Orange guest international educator aboard the 77th Peace Boat voyage from Yokohama, Japan to Da Nang, Vietnam in 2012. She has been invited back to Japan to speak at Peace Boat’s 30th Anniversary Symposium.

“Traveling Around the Globe Towards our Future” is the theme of the symposium. The program will feature many Peace Boat Guest Educators, from all over the world, each renowned in their own area of expertise and who have guided participants on Peace Boat travels. Peace Boat has coordinated over 80 voyages, including 55 global voyages, sailing with more than 50 thousand people to over 180 different ports, promoting a sustainable and peaceful global society.

Heather will also be participating in a symposium in Naha City, on November 11th titled, Tainted bases: Agent Orange and military pollution on Okinawa. She will discuss the lasting legacy of dioxin poisoning- and ways in which communities can unite to achieve justice. According to the event Flyer;

    “For almost 70 years, Okinawa’s land, air and sea have been contaminated with a range of toxic substances including dioxin, depleted uranium, asbestos and nerve gas. These poisons have sickened both U.S. service members and Okinawan civilians – but the Pentagon has repeatedly attempted to evade responsibility for this pollution.

    In the coming years, there are plans to return several U.S. bases to civilian control (e.g. Machinato Service Area and Camp Foster/Zukeran). These installations have borne the brunt of military pollution and they pose a very real risk to future generations.“

Also speaking;

Jon Mitchell – freelance journalist – will talk about his research into military pollution on Okinawa, including the widespread use of Agent Orange and the sea-dumping of chemical weapons.

Masami Kawamura – Director, Environmental Policy and Justice of Citizens’ Network for Biodiversity in Okinawa – will explain about the current situation in Okinawa City where 20+ dioxin-tainted barrels were recently discovered. She will also talk about how future problems related to returned land ought to be addressed.

The event will be moderated by Natsuko Shimabukuro – the QAB TV director whose documentary Defoliated Island was winner of a commendation for excellence by Japan’s Association of Commercial Broadcasters.

Heather, wife and mother of two from Canfield, Ohio owns Circle Antique in Deerfield, OH and has a part time career as a mental health therapist, at Preferred Care Counseling in Poland Ohio, is also a second generation Agent Orange survivor who was born with multiple birth defects due to her Father’s exposure to Agent Orange. This has led her to reach out to other innocent victims like her–most of who have long suffered in silence, bearing the scars of a war that began and ended long before they were born. Heather also speaks out about the issue in order to raise awareness of the need to prevent such horrific man-made chemical disasters in the future.

Heather Bowser, Co-founded Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance (COVVHA) to address the ongoing chronic illnesses and birth defects of the children and grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans which are believed to be caused by their parent’s exposure to Agent Orange Dioxin during the Vietnam War. You can learn more information at WWW.COVVHA.Net.


Kelly L. Derricks - USA Contributor


Kelly L. Derricks is a driving force behind Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC. (COVVHA), which serves the unique but important purpose of connecting and educating the offspring of those who served in the Vietnam War. One of her primary goals is continuing public Agent Orange education through social and print media outlets.

A 2002 graduate of Widener University, Kelly holds a Masters Degree in Social Psychology, as well as five International Honor Society Inductions. She resides in the state of Pennsylvania.


She has served as President/Co-Founder of (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC. since January 2012; working specifically in Operations Management and National Coordination.

Kelly's skill sets includes Information Technology (IT), Social Media Management, Authoring and Public Speaking.

We at believe one of America's biggest tragedies is the use of the chemical defoylant Agent Orange, manufactured by Monsanto, during the Vietnam War. For many years, we have followed the efforts of those who fight to raise awareness about this critical cancer-related issue that has cost so many lives. The problems from Agent Orange are multi-generational; many people today suffer its effects though they never had direct contact.


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Anonymous November 12, 2013 6:51 pm (Pacific time)

Please be clear, Peace Boat is FOR profit. It is operated by Japan Grace, a travel company. A lot of their mo relies on this ignorance.

What is your point?  If people don't register a 501C3 or something similar then it isn't non-profit.  I am shocked that anyone would speak out against this noble and worthy effort.  Oh how is the weather in  St. Louis?  That is Monsanto's headquarters isn't it?  I am disgusted.

Bill Millholen November 12, 2013 5:09 pm (Pacific time)

I, as a former Marine would like to say, go get em, the lying politicians and Top Brass poisoned us all. They walked away laughing with bulging pockets full of the petro chem cash and we go to generations of illness, military and civilian alike. I would not like to move on with that karma, eternity is forever, a day of reckoning awaits us all.

Wise words, and yes these activists are doing all of us a favor, Semper fi brother.

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