We enlisted/were commissioned in the military to protect our country in its time of need, agreed to sacrifice our body or lay down our life if necessary to protect the country we loved. We did NOT agree to be needlessly poisoned by the very country we swore to protect, and we certainly did NOT agree to the poisoning of our spouses and children.
While the DOD knew of the nature and extent of the contamination at its bases, and the health risks that we were to be exposed to, the DOD never warned us about the contamination. We and our families (including pregnant and nursing mothers, and young children) were forced to work and/or live on one or more of the 148 installations that were to become designated DOD Superfund Sites. These DOD Superfund Sites are some of the most contaminated parcels of land in the U.S. and the world.
Considering that we had repeated and prolonged exposure to high levels of numerous toxins, it is unreasonable to think that we and our families were not adversely affected. Unfortunately, the average length of time that we were stationed at a base was 4 to 6 years. Because of this, we lived with our families at one contaminated base after another, and the levels of toxins kept building in our systems, often with fatal results, especially for our children.
We desperately need the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to conduct a new Public Health Assessment for George Air Force Base so that we can get medical care for friends and families, and help bring closure for those who lost their loved ones.