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November 2, 2009, 5:00 pm 2 comments in the last 90 days.
I get really fired up when I consider the Marines that I served with on the flightline at El Toro, dying and suffering from cancer. The idea of their kids and even grandkids suffering diseases borne from the toxic chemicals dumped for half a century on the Marine base and then absorbed by our bodies and passed down to theirs, is even more sinister. Knowing that I lived and breathed this toxic contamination for over two years makes me feel dirty in a way that I never knew before, it is an inherited liability that we didn't ask for but still possess.
DOD is the biggest owner of EPA Superfund sites. The contaminants and health effects of exposure are published on the EPA Superfund website. A simple website hyperlink to military installations on the National Priority List (EPA Superfund), identifying the contaminants and health effects can save lives, but no one seems interested in setting up this hyperlink.
Garry Lee Price is dying of cancer in a hospice in Sacramento while the Veterans Administration stalls on his service-related disability claim. His doctors give him two weeks to live. When he dies, the claim dies. And that’s the point. The Veterans Administration, the health services side of the organization, has already determined that the cancer was caused by Garry’s exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
Marines are sick and dying from their contact with toxins at MCAS El Toro, such as TCE, a chemical used to clean jet fighters; but Marines aren't the only victims. El Toro School kids, whose small bodies are less resistant to contamination with deadly pollutants, may have even less of a chance of weathering this storm.
“You’ve got to ride a dirt bike like you’ve stolen it,” as we accelerated through a particularly gnarly section, the wheels weaving between rocks, mud spraying up from the bike in all directions. All around us was deep Southeast Asian jungle, with no form of civilization for miles. If anything happened to us out here [...]
Driving up to the pumps, I have a distinct experience of entering “No Man's Land."
April 18, 2009, 11:40 am 1 comments in the last 90 days.
Tragedy and war-inspired Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can meet like a head on crash when the nation's care providers at the Veterans Administration, notorious for lies and deceit, deny our combat veterans the care they need. This story of Army Sergeant Nicholas Horner's alleged deadly, senseless shootings in Altoona, Pennsylvania April 6th, is possibly the most tragic I have ever reported, and if it isn't, it is among the very worst.
February 20, 2010, 11:11 am 1 comments in the last 90 days.
The VA this week outlined which ships are now considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange during Viet Nam. A number of offshore “blue water” naval vessels conducted operations on the inland “brown water” rivers and delta areas of Vietnam.
October 16, 2010, 3:35 pm 1 comments in the last 90 days.
A possible showdown is coming between the million man army of North Korea and the joint US-South Korean forces. Like a pressure cooker simmering for many months, all the ingredients for war that have been simmering may be about ready to boil over. The official news agency of the government in Pyongyang is reacting to the joint naval exercises conducted by US, Japanese and South Korean forces.
Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect until ended by the Governor.