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Kelly Derricks: Voice for the Children of Vietnam Veterans

Kelly has battled severe health issues since she was born that continue today. Some of her illnesses are presumed to be associated with the inter-generational effects of Agent Orange.

Kelly Derricks

(PHILADELPHIA) - Kelly L. Derricks is the daughter of deceased Vietnam Veteran Harry C. Mackel Jr.  Harry died in 1982 at the age of 37 after being exposed to Agent Orange while serving two tours in Vietnam in addition to a tour on Johnston Island.  After serving with the United States Air Force, Harry went on to serve the City of Philadelphia as a highly regarded and awarded officer of the Stakeout Unit with the police department.  Kelly was only seven years old when her father died.

Kelly has been working as an independent Agent Orange/Dioxin advocate since early 2001.  She has expanded her work under the name “Truth Teller” to legislative areas, environment and agriculture, public speaking, blog authoring, and medical awareness, while tying everything back to encompass her main platform of seeking justice for those exposed.

On October 16, 2011, Kelly traveled to New York City where she addressed the public in a speech about Agent Orange after being invited by Millions Against Monsanto to participate in the rally event for World Food Day. Today, Kelly continues to speak in the direct and upfront manner that she is widely known for on radio shows and public venues. She serves as the primary GMO educator to those who have been effected by Agent Orange. Kelly also serves as one of the most well known Agent Orange educators for those who advocate within GMO and Organic communities.   Kelly now volunteers as March Against Monsanto’s  Agent Orange Awareness Program director, connecting past history, which is still devastating those Agent Orange has touched, with current concerns over rights to know what is in the food that this country is digesting.

In January 2012, Kelly Co-founded (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC., and serves as President of the 501C3 registered Non-profit, with Agent Orange Activist & Survivor Heather A. Bowser.  Together,  they work tirelessly remedying the lack of services and support for all of us living with the aftermath of a war that continues to devastate millions internationally.

Kelly has battled severe health issues since she was born that continue today.  Some of her illnesses, presumed to be associated with the inter-generational effects of Agent Orange, include but are not limited to the following:

● Chronic kidney disease  

● Crohn’s disease  

● Addison’s disease  

● Congenital adrenal hyperplaysia

●  Intersticial cystitis  

● Degenerative disk disease

*Her complete list of illnesses staggers to 32 different things*

On October 2, 2013, COVVHA President and Co-Founder, Kelly L. Derricks, attended VVA’s national Town Hall Meeting Held at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The video below is Kelly’s Family Panel speech.  The evening panel video with Kelly will be released next week.

“If we continue to think that the fight against Monsanto is only about GMO’s, we have already lost.” ~ KLD

On October 2, 2013, COVVHA President and Co-Founder, Kelly L. Derricks, attended VVA’s national Town Hall Meeting Held at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The video below is Kelly’s Finale Speech.

“If we continue to think that the fight against Monsanto is only about GMO’s, we have already lost.” ~ KLD

Kelly became permanently disabled in the year 2000 and had to retire as a psychiatric therapist in which she holds Master’s Degree. She has also studied and holds degrees in Secondary Education, History, Nutrition and Personal Training. Kelly is a member of 5 highly regarded international honor societies.  To contact Kelly directly, please use the following email KDERRICKS@COVVHA.NET

Videos Of Kelly
Watch Kelly’s Huffpost Live T.V. Segment On The Farm Bill & it’s impact on the Veterans Community
Read Kelly’s Article “Heart of Rage”
Read Kelly’s Article “Murder By Agent Orange”
Read Kelly’s Article – Little Girl Lost
Visit Truth Teller’s Page

Visit Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance | Agent Orange Survivors and https://www.facebook.com/AGENTORANGE1

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annie October 28, 2014 2:19 pm (Pacific time)

My dad had agent orange from vietnam. He has passed away. Both my sister and I have developed very serious health issues over the years. We would like to know how we find out if our health issues are from agent orange. If anyone should have any helpful information please contact me at aholden248@gmail.com

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