The tragic loss of her Navy husband, Bud, to a glioblastoma brain tumor while in his early thirties was unfathomable. Fifty years after being widowed with three small children, Linda finds the answers she’s been searching for.
Linda and Bud began their fairy tale romance in college. Their perfect life as a Navy family unfolded until a sudden onset of symptoms led to a diagnosis that seemed unreal for a vital young man. How could Bud who was otherwise so healthy suddenly have such a sinister and deadly cancer? And how could his beloved Navy abandon Bud when he was no longer of any use to them?
None of it made sense until a rainy February day in 2020. A Military Veterans Advocacy Conference revealed evidence that Agent Orange ran from the rivers in Vietnam into the ocean where Navy ships drew the water into their holds. The sailors used that tainted water as they showered, brushed their teeth and cooked with it.
The military that Bud had pledged his loyalty to had not only discarded him when he got sick, they hid the truth from all the families left behind, for decades. Tainted Seas is the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking story of a passionate couple, their young family coping with tragedy and the continuing journey of a military widow dedicated to ensuring justice for military families whose lives have been shattered by the very institutions they nobly served.