2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:23:04 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Agent Orange veterans, Andersen Air Force Base (GU)
Agent Orange's Toxic Legacy Hits Home

Jan Barry
January 12, 2011

Retired Master Sergeant LeRoy Foster is haunted by the job that launched his 20-year career in the US Air Force - spraying herbicides along perimeter fences and fuel pipelines at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. This duty seemed inconsequential, field maintenance work done amid B-52 bombers thundering in and out to refuel for bombing raids over Vietnam and a beehive of other military operations buzzing at Navy bases on the small island in the mid-Pacific Ocean. Despite nasty outbreaks of acne that a military doctor recorded in a 1968 medical report, he couldn't imagine that the government-issued weed-killers might be planting tiny time bombs powerful enough to destroy his health and the lives of many other people.

Forty-some years later, MSgt. Foster spends much of his time in a wheelchair, anxiously rocking his infant grand daughter, who was born last year with extra toes and fingers and a heart abnormality. At 62, living on VA disability and military retirement checks, he also spends hours on his computer in Westfield, NY, a small town near Buffalo, emailing to wider and wider circles of other veterans and public officials. High on his to-do list are pleas for a federal investigation and public health warnings of the potential effects of the toxic legacy of extensively contaminated land and water in Guam - as well as at many other active and former US military bases around the world.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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