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Originally posted by Speedforhire
I was there! 1982 - 1986.........I have received letters from the DOD. I need a good lawyer now. Wait! There are no good lawyers. Anyone know of a class-action taking place?
During a hearing on Thursday, the House Science and Technology Committee will question scientists, military leaders and marine veterans about the water contamination. Investigators want to know whether there should be a presumption that exposure to the poisoned water caused a variety of illnesses.
Congressman Brad Miller along with Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr are pushing for legislation that requires the Navy and Marine Corps to help complete studies to determine a link.
As many as one million people were exposed to the contaminated water from the mid-1950s until the wells were closed in 1984 and 1985. Nearly 160,000 people have registered with the Marine Corps to get information about the contamination. Many people believe their cancers and other illnesses are related to the toxic water.
posted on 4-11-2009 @ 03:01 PM single this post "quote"REPLY TO:
Veterans at Higher Risk for Lou Gerhig's Disease
A little over three years ago, my step-father died, the result of complications arising from Amnyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gerhig’s disease".
ALS is a relatively rare, hideous, and insidious disease that causes the body to virtually “wither away” while leaving its victim’s mind clear and conscious of a slow, painful death.
The loss of my step-father to this ailment was tragic enough in itself; however, what made his death ever more unreal to his family is that a number of years prior to his passing, my brother’s father-in-law also contracted and succumbed to ALS.
These two men were in no way related to each other, save for their relation by marriage ties, and did not even know each other while they were alive. The factor they had in common was that, at some point in their lives, they both served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Which brings us to the following notice issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2008
VA Secretary Establishes ALS as a Presumptive Compensable Illness
Cites Association between Military Service and Later Development of ALS
WASHINGTON – Veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may receive badly-needed support for themselves and their families after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that ALS will become a presumptively compensable illness for all veterans with 90 days or more of continuously active service in the military.
“Veterans are developing ALS in rates higher than the general population, and it was appropriate to take action,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake said.
Secretary Peake based his decision primarily on a November 2006 report by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the association between active-duty service and ALS.
“We are extremely grateful to Secretary Peake, Congressman Henry Brown and Senator Lindsey Graham for standing on the side of veterans with ALS across the country,” said Gary Leo, president and CEO of The ALS Association. “Thanks to their leadership, veterans with ALS will receive the benefits and care they need, when they need them. Thanks to their efforts, no veteran with ALS will ever be left behind.”
The report, titled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature, analyzed numerous previous studies on the issue and concluded that “there is limited and suggestive evidence of an association between military service and later development of ALS.”
“ALS is a disease that progresses rapidly, once it is diagnosed,” the Secretary explained. “There simply isn’t time to develop the evidence needed to support compensation claims before many veterans become seriously ill. My decision will make those claims much easier to process, and for them and their families to receive the compensation they have earned through their service to our nation.”
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New Regulation on ALS Presumptive 2/2/2/2
ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neuromuscular disease that affects about 20,000 to 30,000 people of all races and ethnicities in the United States, is often relentlessly progressive, and is almost always fatal.
ALS causes degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that leads to muscle weakness, muscle atrophy, and spontaneous muscle activity. Currently, the cause of ALS is unknown, and there is no effective treatment.
The new interim final regulation applies to all applications for benefits received by VA on or after September 23, 2008, or that are pending before VA, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on that date.
VA will work to identify and contact veterans with ALS, including those whose claims for ALS were previously denied, through direct mailings and other outreach programs.
To view the entire regulation published in the Federal Register today, go to: www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2008-21998_PI.pdf. For more information on VA’s disability compensation program, go to www.va.gov or contact 1-800-827-1000.
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For the latest news releases and other information, visit VA on the Internet at
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I want to emphasis the following point:
The Secretary of the VA is citing an “Association between Military Service and later Development of ALS”, a rare, incurable, and inevitably lethal, disease.
The Secretary even states that ”Veterans are developing ALS at Higher Rates than the general population”. And please note that nowhere in the notice does it draw any correlation between dates of service, duty station, duty activities, or even branch of service. No, we can infer, based on the all-inclusive language of the Secretary’s address, that merely having served in any of the service branches is sufficient to have increased your chances of dying in slow agony some time later in your life.
Contact Information : Congressman Allen Boyd
Washington, DC Office
1227 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5615 Fax
reply to post by Wowbagger
Originally posted by Wowbagger
I could put up some links but they're all going to be in french.
For good measure : www.quebecoislibre.org...
The municipality of Shannon is located north of Quebec City and has between 3,900 and 4,150 inhabitants according to sources. She has for many years, the scene of groundwater contamination by industrial degreaser, Trichloroethylene (TCE). This product got there because a weapons factory and a military base (Valcartier) have rejected in a pond in contact with groundwater.
Today, 200 people believe that this contamination gave them cancer, while 1,200 additional attribute to various ailments. However, there are too many problems with the statistical treatment of data in order to affirm. This case, in my opinion, is a fine example of misuse of scientific data.