All photographs courtesy of Heather Bowser.
In Bien Hoa, Heather Morris Bowser met with a family that illustrated the typical randomness of disabilities in Bien Hoa. The oldest and youngest daughters are mentally retarded, while the 20-year-old middle daughter, left, was born healthy.
Bill Morris worried that no man worth marrying his daughter would see the remarkable woman behind her physical disabilities. "My wedding day was one of the happiest days of his life," Heather Bowser said
Heather and Sharon Morris on a trip to Sharon's hometown of Conneaut, Ohio. "I want our government to at least acknowledge that Heather, and other children like her in this country, suffered because of Agent Orange," Sharon said.
Bill and Sharon Morris made a promise to their daughter, Heather, after she was born with physical deformities. "We vowed that we would not raise her to be more handicapped than she was," Sharon said. "We would do everything we could to make her strong."
Six-month-old Heather Morris Bowser, in a carrier on her mother's back, is oblivious to the wonders of Sea World - and strangers' stares. "I wasn't raised to hide who I was," Heather said. "I was raised to force everyone to deal with the reality of me."