2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:54:07 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL, HEALTH: Massachusetts vets and Canadian base defoliants
More local veterans reporting possible poisoning from Gagetown training

By Ashley Studley
MetroWest Daily News (MA)
February 21, 2010

Some sick Massachusetts veterans are wondering if their medical conditions are linked to time spent at a training camp in New Brunswick, after reading a Daily News report last week about toxic defoliants used at the Canadian base.

Documents show millions of liters of the chemical defoliants Agent Orange, Purple or White were sprayed over thousands of acres of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown from 1956 to 1984, potentially exposing the Canadian, American and British soldiers who trained there.

"It's not surprising," said George Cameron, department service officer for the Massachusetts American Legion. "A lot of stuff happens in the military that people don't know about - not even soldiers." Cameron said in the past week, after the Feb. 14 Daily News report about defoliants used at the Canadian base where Americans trained, he has received about 15 phone calls from Massachusetts National Guard and Army Reserve veterans who served in Gagetown in the 1980s. He said some were sick and others voiced concern they may have been exposed to the herbicides.


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