|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:23:04 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Agent Orange veterans, Andersen Air Force Base (GU)|
Agent Orange's Toxic Legacy Hits Home Jan Barry EarthAirWater January 12, 2011Retired 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 http://earthairwater.blogspot.com/2011/01/agent-oranges-toxic-legacy-hits-home.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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