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Oct-17-2010 13:48printcomments

Most 'Veterans 'In the Dark' About Environmental Issues

Important information for Marines who served at Camp Lejeune. Veterans Service Organizations like American Legion shun alerting veterans.

Jim Fontella
Jim Fontella

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) have not notified veterans of their possible exposure to environmental hazards at 130 military installations on the EPA National Priority List (Superfund sites).

There’s a critical need for the VSOs to exercise leadership by identifying the 130 military bases on the NPL, including the EPA internet link to Contaminants of Concern for each base.

There is no legal requirement or interest by the Defense Department or any government agency to notify veterans that they may have been exposed to toxic chemicals, radiation or other environmental hazards.

It’s unlikely that the government will step into this role without specific legislation. Under intense pressure from Congress, the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune established a website registry for veterans who may have been affected by TCE contaminated drinking water at the base.

A number of Congressional hearings were held, bills introduced into Congress to provide medical care to veterans and their dependents, but as of this date, the Marine Corps has not accepted responsibility for illnesses and deaths linked to the contaminated well water.

With 130 military bases on the EPA National Priority List (EPA Superfund), veterans are at risk of exposure to environmental hazards.

The mission of VSOs is to serve veterans and support their needs. Nothing can be more important than your health. There’s no magic pill for exposure to an environmental hazard. Medical care providers need to know when a patient has been exposed to particular environmental hazards to provide appropriate medical care. Failure to provide this critical information is inexcusable.

Not everyone who was stationed on an EPA Superfund base was exposed to an environmental hazard, but an indeterminate number were and the health effects are serious.

Emails to the national headquarters of the American Legion, VFW, the Marine Corps League and other VSOs asking them to alert their membership of possible exposure to toxic chemicals were left unanswered.

This is not rocket science. The information on environmental hazards is resident on the EPA Superfund database. The link to the websites is contained in this article. This is literally a ‘no brainer.’ Any VSO with a website only has to cut and paste the list of military bases.

MCAS El Toro Example. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, has been an EPA Superfund site since 1990. In 1985, the Orange County Water District found trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in shallow irrigation wells down gradient of the base.

Before knowledge of the adverse health effects on humans from exposure to these TCE and PCE were known, they were commonly used as degreasers for aircraft and vehicles.

In 1990, MCAS El Toro was placed on EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL) primarily because of a plume of toxic waste of TCE and PCE spreading off base several miles which threatened the local water supply. In 1993, MCAS El Toro was placed on the DoD BRAC list and officially closed in 1999.

“No mama, no popa, no Uncle Sam.
No aunts, no uncles, no nephews, no nieces.
No rifles, no planes, or artillery pieces.
And nobody gives a damn.
We’re the sick and dead who lived and worked on contaminated land.”

At El Toro, the Navy identified 25 contaminated areas on base, including landfills containing both hazardous and solid waste; buried drums of explosives and low-level radioactive waste; and areas where PCBs, battery acids, leaded fuels, and other hazardous substances were dumped or spilled. The Navy spent millions of dollars in cleaning up the former base.

At a September 2010 Irvine City Council meeting, the Navy estimated that it would take 40 years to complete the environmental clean-up at El Toro.

Assuming a Marine veteran “connects the dots of military services to a current medical condition,” their only remedy is to file a claim with the Veterans Administration, assuming they are aware of what happened to them and unless they lived in Orange County, California that’s unlikely.

EPA’s Contaminants of Concern
For military bases that are EPA Superfunds, EPA defines environmental hazards as Contaminants of Concern (COC’s).

According to EPA, “COC’s are the chemical substances found at the site that the EPA has determined pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. These are the substances that are addressed by cleanup actions at the site.”

“ Identifying COC’s is a process where the EPA identifies people and ecological resources that could be exposed to contamination found at the site, determines the amount and type of contaminants present, and identifies the possible negative human health or ecological effects that could result from contact with the contaminants.”

A link to the list of COC’s is shown on the first page of each EPA Superfund website under the caption, “view contaminants of concern at this site.” The health effects from exposure to a particular COC at MCAS El Toro can be obtained by clinking on the ATSDR Profile as shown below.

CAS #Contaminant NameContaminated
Media
Area of Site
Found (OU)
More Information
71-55-61,1,1-TCAGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
71-55-61,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE Ground WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
71-55-61,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
79-34-51,1,2,2-PCAGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
79-00-51,1,2-TCAGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
79-00-51,1,2-TRICHLOROETHANEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
75-34-31,1-DCAGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
75-35-41,1-DCEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
75-35-41,1-DICHLOROETHENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
107-06-21,2-DCAGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
540-59-01,2-DCEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)
107-06-21,2-DICHLOROETHANEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
540-59-01,2-DICHLOROETHENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)
540-59-01,2-DICHLOROETHENESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)
78-87-51,2-DICHLOROPROPANEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
78-93-32-BUTANONEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
78-93-32-BUTANONEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
78-93-32-BUTANONE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
591-78-62-HEXANONESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
50-29-34,4-DDTSoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)ATSDR Profile
72-54-84,4-DICHLORODIPHENYLDICHLOROETHANESoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)ATSDR Profile
108-10-14-METHYL-2-PENTANONEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)
108-10-14-METHYL-2-PENTANONEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)
67-64-1ACETONEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
67-64-1ACETONEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
67-64-1ACETONESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
7429-90-5ALUMINUM (FUME OR DUST)SoilNFA SITES (06)ATSDR Profile
7429-90-5ALUMINUM (METAL)SoilNFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)
11097-69-1AROCLOR-1254SoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)
11096-82-5AROCLOR-1260SoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)
7440-38-2ARSENICSoilNFA SITES (06)ATSDR Profile
7440-38-2ARSENICSoilNFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)ATSDR Profile
7440-38-2ARSENICSoilBURN PITS: SITE 16 (09)ATSDR Profile
71-43-2BENZENEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
71-43-2BENZENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
71-43-2BENZENESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
205-99-2BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENESoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)
205-99-2BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENESoilNFA SITES (06)
207-08-9BENZO(K)FLUORANTHENESoilNFA SITES (06)
56-55-3BENZO[A]ANTHRACENESoilNFA SITES (06)
50-32-8BENZO[A]PYRENESoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)
50-32-8BENZO[A]PYRENESoilNFA SITES (06)
50-32-8BENZO[A]PYRENESoilNFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)
7440-41-7BERYLLIUMSoilBURN PITS: SITE 16 (09)ATSDR Profile
75-27-4BROMODICHLOROMETHANEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
75-27-4BROMODICHLOROMETHANEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
75-25-2BROMOFORMGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
75-15-0CARBON DISULFIDEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
75-15-0CARBON DISULFIDEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
75-15-0CARBON DISULFIDESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
56-23-5CARBON TETRACHLORIDEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
56-23-5CARBON TETRACHLORIDEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
56-23-5CARBON TETRACHLORIDESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
108-90-7CHLOROBENZENEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
67-66-3CHLOROFORMGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
67-66-3CHLOROFORMGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
74-87-3CHLOROMETHANEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
74-87-3CHLOROMETHANEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
218-01-9CHRYSENESoilNFA SITES (06)
53-70-3DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENESoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)
53-70-3DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENESoilNFA SITES (06)
53-70-3DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENESoilNFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)
53-70-3DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENESoilBURN PITS: SITE 16 (09)
124-48-1DIBROMOCHLOROMETHANEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
124-48-1DIBROMOCHLOROMETHANEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
60-57-1DIELDRINSoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)ATSDR Profile
100-41-4ETHYLBENZENEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
100-41-4ETHYLBENZENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
100-41-4ETHYLBENZENESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
193-39-5INDENO(1,2,3-CD)PYRENESoilNFA SITES (06)
7439-96-5MANGANESESoilNFA SITES (06)ATSDR Profile
7439-96-5MANGANESESoilNFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)ATSDR Profile
7439-96-5MANGANESESoilBURN PITS: SITE 16 (09)ATSDR Profile
93-65-2MCPPSoilSOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)
75-09-2METHYLENE CHLORIDEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
75-09-2METHYLENE CHLORIDEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
75-09-2METHYLENE CHLORIDESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
127-18-4PCEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
127-18-4PCEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
127-18-4PCESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
100-42-5STYRENEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
100-42-5STYRENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
TBD-00000010TCAGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)
79-01-6TCEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
79-01-6TCEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
79-01-6TCESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
127-18-4TETRACHLOROETHENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
127-18-4TETRACHLOROETHENESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
108-88-3TOLUENEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
108-88-3TOLUENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
108-88-3TOLUENESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
79-01-6TRICHLOROETHENEGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
79-01-6TRICHLOROETHENEGround WaterBURN PITS: SITE 16 (09)ATSDR Profile
79-01-6TRICHLOROETHENESoilSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
79-01-6TRICHLOROETHYLENEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
75-69-4TRICHLOROFLUOROMETHANEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)
75-01-4VINYL CHLORIDEGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
1330-20-7XYLENESGround WaterBASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)ATSDR Profile
1330-20-7XYLENESGround WaterSOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)ATSDR Profile
1330-20-7XYLENESSoilSOIL VOC

MILITARY BASES ON THE NPL (EPA SUPERUNDS)

US Air Force

Air Force Plant #4 (General Dynamics)

Fort Worth TX

Air Force Plant 85

Columbus OH

Air Force Plant PJKS

Littleton CO

American Lake Gardens/McChord AFB

Tacoma WA

Andersen Air Force Base

Yigo GU

Andrews Air Force Base

Andrews Air Force Base MD

Arnold Engineering Development Center (USAF)

Tullahoma/Manchester TN

Brandywine DRMO

Brandywine MD

Castle Air Force Base (6 Areas)

Merced CA

Chanute Air Force Base

Rantoul IL

Dover Air Force Base

Dover DE

Edwards Air Force Base

Edwards AFB CA

Eielson Air Force Base

Fairbanks AK

Ellsworth Air Force Base

Ellsworth AFB SD

Elmendorf Air Force Base

Anchorage AK

F.E. Warren Air Force Base

Cheyenne WY

Fairchild Air Force Base (4 Waste Areas)

Spokane WA

George Air Force Base

Victorville

CA

Griffiss Air Force Base (11 Areas)

Rome NY

Hanscom Field/Hanscom Air Force Base

Bedford MA

Hill Air Force Base

Hill AFB UT

Homestead Air Force Base

Homestead Air Force Base FL

Loring Air Force Base

Limestone ME

Luke Air Force Base

Glendale AZ

March Air Force Base

Riverside CA

Mather Air Force Base (AC&W Disposal Site)

Mather CA

McChord Air Force Base (Wash Rack/Treatment Area)

Tacoma WA

McClellan Air Force Base (Ground Water Contamination)

McClellan AFB CA

McGuire Air Force Base #1

Wrightstown NJ

Mountain Home Air Force Base

Mountain Home ID

Norton Air Force Base (Lndfll #2)

San Bernardino CA

Pease Air Force Base

Portsmouth/Newington NH

Plattsburgh Air Force Base

Plattsburgh NY

Rickenbacker Air National Guard (USAF)

Lockbourne OH

Robins Air Force Base (Landfill #4/Sludge Lagoon)

Houston County GA

Tinker Air Force Base (Soldier Creek/Building 3001)

Oklahoma City OK

Travis Air Force Base

Travis AFB CA

Twin Cities Air Force Reserve Base (Small Arms Range Landfill)

Minneapolis MN

Tyndall Air Force Base

Panama City FL

Williams Air Force Base

Chandler AZ

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Dayton OH

Wurtsmith Air Force Base

Oscoda MI

US Army

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood Area)

Edgewood MD

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Michaelsville Landfill)

Aberdeen MD

Alabama Army Ammunition Plant

Childersburg AL

Anniston Army Depot (Southeast Industrial Area)

Anniston AL

Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant

Hall County NE

Fort Devens

Fort Devens MA

Fort Devens-Sudbury Training Annex

Sudbury MA

Fort Dix (Landfill Site)

Pemberton Township NJ

Fort Eustis (US Army)

Newport News VA

Fort George G. Meade

Odenton MD

Fort Lewis (Landfill No. 5)

Tacoma WA

Fort Lewis Logistics Center

Tillicum WA

Fort Ord

Marina CA

Fort Richardson (USARMY)

Anchorage AK

Fort Riley

Junction City KS

Fort Wainwright

Fort Wainwright AK

Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Middletown IA

Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Load-Assembly-Packing Area)

Joliet IL

Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Manufacturing Area)

Joliet IL

Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (Northwest Lagoon)

Independence MO

Letterkenny Army Depot (PDO Area)

Franklin County PA

Letterkenny Army Depot (SE Area)

Chambersburg PA

Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant

Texarkana TX

Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant

Karnack TX

Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant

Doyline LA

Materials Technology Laboratory (USARMY)

Watertown

MA

Milan Army Ammunition Plant

Milan TN

Natick Laboratory Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center

Natick MA

New Brighton/Arden Hills/TCAAP (USARMY)

New Brighton MN

Picatinny Arsenal (USARMY)

Rockaway Township NJ

Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant

Riverbank CA

Rocky Mountain Arsenal (USARMY)

Adams County CO

Sacramento Army Depot

Sacramento CA

Savanna Army Depot Activity

Savanna IL

Schofield Barracks (USARMY)

Schofield HI

Seneca Army Depot

Romulus NY

Sharpe Army Depot

Lathrop CA

Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant

Desoto KS

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Tobyhanna PA

Tooele Army Depot (North Area)

Tooele UT

Tracy Defense Depot (USARMY)

Tracy CA

Umatilla Army Depot (Lagoons)

Hermiston OR

US Army/NASA Redstone Arsenal

Huntsville AL

Weldon Spring Former Army Ordnance Works

St. Charles County MO

West Virginia Ordnance (USARMY)

Point Pleasant WV

US Coast Guard

Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard

Baltimore MD

US Navy

Adak Naval Air Station

Adak AK

Alameda Naval Air Station

Alameda CA

Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (USNAVY)

Mineral County WV

Bangor Naval Submarine Base

Silverdale WA

Bangor Ordnance Disposal (USNAVY)

Bremerton WA

Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base

Barstow CA

Brunswick Naval Air Station

Brunswick ME

Camp Lejeune Military Res. (USNAVY)

Onslow County NC

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

Camp Pendleton CA

Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station

Havelock NC

Concord Naval Weapons Station

Concord CA

Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center

North Kingstown RI

El Toro Marine Corps Air Station

El Toro CA

Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center

Indian Head MD

Jackson Park Housing Complex (USNAVY)

Kitsap County WA

Jacksonville Naval Air Station

Jacksonville FL

Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Quantico VA

Marine Corps Logistics Base

Albany GA

Moffett Naval Air Station

Moffett Field CA

Naval Air Development Center (8 Waste Areas)

Warminster Township PA

Naval Air Engineering Center

Lakehurst NJ

Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Ault Field)

Whidbey Island WA

Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Seaplane Base)

Whidbey Island WA

Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek

Virginia Beach VA

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific

Wahiawa HI

Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant

Fridley MN

Naval Security Group Activity

Sabana Seca PR

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren

Dahlgren VA

Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (4 Waste Areas)

Keyport WA

Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant

Bedford MA

Naval Weapons Station – Yorktown

Yorktown VA

Naval Weapons Station Earle (Site A)

Colts Neck NJ

Navy Ships Parts Control Center

Mechanicsburg PA

New London Submarine Base

New London CT

Newport Naval Education & Training Center

Newport RI

Norfolk Naval Base (Sewells Point Naval Complex)

Norfolk VA

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Portsmouth VA

NWS Yorktown – Cheatham Annex

Yorktown VA

Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Parris Island

SC

Patuxent River Naval Air Station

Patuxent River MD

Pearl Harbor Naval Complex

Pearl Harbor

HI

Pensacola Naval Air Station

Pensacola FL

Port Hadlock Detachment (USNAVY)

Indian Island WA

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Kittery ME

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Complex

Bremerton WA

South Weymouth Naval Air Station

Weymouth MA

St. Juliens Creek Annex (U.S. Navy)

Chesapeake VA

Treasure Island Naval Station-Hunters Point Annex

San Francisco CA

USN Air Station Cecil Field

Jacksonville FL

Washington Navy Yard

Washington DC

Whiting Field Naval Air Station

Milton FL

Willow Grove Naval Air and Air Reserve Station

Horsham PA

Yuma Marine Corps Air Station

Yuma AZ


>Bob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the east coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the Federal government. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. This subject is where Bob intersected with Salem-News.com. Bob served in the exact same Marine Aviation Squadron that Salem-News founder Tim King served in, twenty years earlier. With their combined on-site knowledge and research ability, Bob and Tim and a handful of other ex-Marines, have put the contamination of MCAS El Toro on the map. El Toro, a Superfund site, was closed in ’99, and most of the former base sold by the Navy at a public auction in ’05. The base is highly contaminated with organic solvents like trichloroethelyne (TCE) and other chemicals of concern. No veteran, dependent or civilian employee was informed of their possible exposure to toxic chemicals and their health effects. You can email Bob O’Dowd, Salem-News.com Environmental and Military Reporter, at this address: mwsg37.com. You can email Bob O’Dowd, Salem-News.com Environmental and Military Reporter, at this address: consults03@comcast.net




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October 22, 2010 8:29 pm (Pacific time)

Dr. Paul, Thank you for your insightful comments. Now, if we can just get the VSO's to notify their membership, maybe we can save a few lives.


Bob O'Dowd October 22, 2010 4:03 pm (Pacific time)

Joe Davis, I personally sent letters or emails to the chief executive officer of the major VSO's as listed in the VA's website at http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view. The VFW letter was sent to Commander in Chief, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 West 34th Street (Broadway at 34th Street) Kansas City, MO 64111. The only VSO that responded was the Catholic War Vets who advised that they would notify their membership. While I'm not a member of the VFW, I'm a member of the American Legion and the Marine Corps League. My membership didn't count. Neither of these VSO's responded either. Veterans pay dues for their VSO to represent them. Sad to say but except for the Catholic War Vets, the rest were just plan AWOL. Bob O'Dowd


Luke Easter October 19, 2010 6:22 pm (Pacific time)

Sad when Vet's are in the dark and their own government controls the light switch. America!


Joe Davis October 18, 2010 10:55 am (Pacific time)

Please tell me who did you attempt to contact at the VFW? Joe Davis Public Affairs Director VFW Washington Office


M Dennis Paul, Ph.D. October 17, 2010 5:10 pm (Pacific time)

Articles such as this are so important. Illness and disability are rampant in our Vets and for far too long I have heard Vets being told any and every possible story to point them in the wrong direction for care. The failure to inform anyone of the destructive exposures to which they may have been subjected is beyond reprehensible. The chemical manufacturers, long having had the information regarding the potential, and very real, harms their products produce bear as much responsibility as the government that uses them and, along with the VA, those who misdirect victims in need of serious help.

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