Monday, July 16, 2012

The Agent Orange Message Continues with The Next U.S. Generations

Murrieta Teen Takes on Agent Orange
Jenna Mack, 17, of Murrieta, will speak as a guest educator on a Peace Boat from Japan to Vietnam about the lingering effects of Agent Orange.

16 July 2012 - A 17-year-old Murrieta girl is all too familiar with the adverse effects of Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed during the Vietnam War.

Jenna Mack, a 2012 graduate of Murrieta Valley High School, is the granddaughter of a Vietnam veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange. Her mother is a second-generation sufferer of the ill effects.

Jenna has used Agent Orange as a platform in numerous pageants. She was named Miss Teen Murrieta 2011-2012 and is currently the Royal International Miss Teen California as well as National Miss Heart of the USA Supreme Beauty Queen.

"Jenna uses her titles and pageants as her voice for her platform which is 'Agent Orange; Fighting for Second Generation Victims' Rights,'" said her mother, Tanya Mack.

Jenna has taken her message beyond pageants, speaking at engagements at Camp Pendleton and at University of California, Berkeley.

Now Jenna has been invited to serve as a guest educator Aug. 24-30 aboard the NGO Peace Boat as it sails from Japan to Vietnam. Once in Vietnam she will meet with the Vietnamese Prime Minister at the U.S. Embassy and will some humanitarian work at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Jenna's drive to create awareness comes from watching her mother suffer what doctors have said is a potent genetic mutation caused by Agent Orange.

Jenna's grandfather, James Sciaccotti, 65, served in the Air Force. He fought in the Vietnam War from 1968-1970. read more>>>

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