AOWAC...Agent Orange Widows Awareness Coalition 

P.O. Box 92131, Long Beach, California 90809-2131
(562) 421-4640 /

Founded at "Stand Down 1999" - Long Beach, California

Mission Statement

To locate and inform Veterans, who served our country during the Vietnam Theater from 1962-1975, of the related diseases and health risks to Vietnam Veterans, their post-war children and families,  associated with military service.  Plus veterans, who served in Korea in 1968 &1969, and other veterans, who may have been exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides and chemicals, while on military service elsewhere during the testing, transporting or spraying of herbicides for military purposes.

To serve as a support resource for veterans and their families by providing information regarding available Veteran Administration (VA) health services and benefits.  Please review our web site for other support resources that you may find beneficial.

To encourage all veterans to register in the VA Medical Center system.  In particular, to encourage veterans to register not only with the VA, but also with the Agent Orange Registry Screening Office which is located in the VA.  To obtain a health examination with an Agent Orange Registry Physician and to encourage veterans to obtain annual physicals, to screen for the diseases and cancers that are currently recognized and associated with their military service.

To support continued improvements in the Veterans Administration system, thus enabling better service to veterans and their families.

To assist in educating the civilian medical field of the VA recognized service-connected diseases associated with military service.  To encourage patients to register with the VA Medical Centers for additional assistance.  To encourage improved communication between the civilian medical community, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Medical Centers, with related medical research studies and information relative to the medical treatment of veterans and their family members.


Genevieve Douglass, widow of Bob (Robert A.) Douglass, U.S. Army - Vietnam service 1969 to 1970. Born November 21, 1949, Long Beach, CA.. - Died February 19, 1999 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Diane Bowles, widow of Bill (William E.) Bowles, Jr. U.S. Army, 1948 -1969 - Vietnam service 1965 to 1966, 1966 to 1968. Born July 31, 1931 Olney, Illinois - Died March 3, 1989 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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