Alexainie, this is profoundly and heartbreakingly beautiful. And whatever else Peggy might have been through, she made an amazing daughter. My everything goes out to you, but please know that I and I’m sure our entire Medium community are there for you.
I don’t know what your writing goals are, other than as therapy. But can I suggest, packaging these pieces and sending them to agents / publishers? The military service / agent orange angle would sell, your words are excruciating, and it’s a story the world needs to hear.