At last there’s Barstow, and more desert until at last the mountains rise up again, the good mountains, and 66 winds through them. -John Steinbeck “The Grapes of Wrath”
A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Hankins and her son at the Route 66 museum. Jessica took time to sit with me and discuss how her father struggled with a host of illnesses brought on by Agent Orange Exposure.
She also spoke about her own health problems that she attributes to her father’s exposure. Jessica had been told from a young age that her health issues were related to Agent Orange.
Jessica worries about her son. Even the knowing there is a potential that Agent Orange related issues can be passed from parent to children she worries about the possibility she may have passed something on to her son that may affect him later in life.