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News: Toxic Exposure

PACT Act

Toxic exposure of all kinds matters to us.  You'll find updates on PACT Act, other legislation, regulations, stories, news, Camp Lejeune, Red Hill, burn pits, Agent Orange, Blue Water Navy, medication toxicity, various airborne toxins, etc.

2023

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May 15, 2023

Veterans exposed to chemical at Camp Lejeune faced a 70% higher Parkinson’s risk, study says

Marines who were stationed at Camp Lejeune had a 70% higher risk of Parkinson’s disease than veterans who served at a post across the country, a new study found.

The difference may have been in the Camp Lejeune vets’ exposure to a chemical known as trichloroethylene (TCE), a ubiquitous environmental contaminant, the researchers warn. And the risk of developing this disorder of the nervous system may be higher for millions more people.

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May 13, 2023

PACT Act is a new law designed to get health care to veterans, their spouses, and survivors, after toxic exposures

By; Hawaii News Now

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April 3, 2023

Lawsuit seeks records of toxic exposures at Uzbek air base

By; Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn — Veterans' advocacy groups sued the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday seeking records of toxic conditions at an air base in Uzbekistan blamed for causing cancer and other illnesses among American troops who served there in support of the war in Afghanistan.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Connecticut accuses military officials of withholding information about hazardous materials — including uranium, chemical weapons and asbestos — that were on the Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, known as K2, during U.S. operations there from 2001 to 2005.

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March 31, 2023

Tori Seals from Veteran Warriors joins the hosts of The Logb ookshares the harrowing story of her late husband's experience with medical malpractice and the actions she is taking to stop it from happening to other veterans again

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March 19, 2023

The PACT Act Is About More Than Just Burn Pits: Tori Seals of Veteran Warriors discusses PACT benefits and her husband's death

By; The Richard Leonard Show

Tori Seals, Chief Program Officer for Toxic Exposure and Transition of Veteran Warriors, discusses the passing of her husband, Sgt Jay Seals, due to toxic exposure and how veterans can utilize the new PACT act for more than just burn pits.

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March 13, 2023

Tori Seals: Finding Inspiration and Purpose After Loss

By; TAPS, Tori Seals of Veteran Warriors

Tori Seals, Chief Program Officer for Toxic Exposure and Transition of Veteran Warriors, discusses how she converted her grief and anger from losing her husband to toxic exposure into something productive.

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March 10, 2023

Navy veteran hopes PACT Act will help after he says he was exposed to chemicals

By; Rachel Keller, Richmond ABC News 8

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — More veterans who have been exposed to toxic substances are now eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and they’re taking advantage.

Peter Van Dermark served in the navy in the 1960’s. He was just 17 years old when he joined the United States Navy in 1963. Van Dermark was stationed in several locations across the country, like Virginia Beach and Newfoundland, Canada.

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January 19, 2023

VA accelerates IT modernization to handle more vets seeking care under PACT Act

By; Jory Heckman, Federal News Network

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January 4, 2023

40% of vets report worries about military toxic exposure injuries

By; Leo Shane III, Military Times

Just two months after Veterans Affairs officials launched new medical screenings focused on military toxic exposure issues, about 400,000 veterans have already reported potential health concerns related to those issues, department leaders said Wednesday.

2022

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December 29, 2022

New in 2023: PACT Act processing set to start Jan. 1

By; Leo Shane III, Military Times

Last summer, Congress passed landmark veterans benefits legislation that could provide new health care options and disability payouts to as many as one in every five living American veterans.

Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs has to deliver on that promise.

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August 10, 2022

'The limitations are bothersome' says some veteran advocates of newly signed PACT Act

By; Liz Crawford, WTSP Tampa Bay 10

"We have very big concerns over exactly what’s going to be covered," said Ferrell who believes the language in the law could leave a lot of veterans out.

Seals said the VA can enhance the new law by writing it into the regulations.

"Put it in writing, implement and codify the regulations to make sure no one is left out," said Seals.

This page is in the process of being updated.

Bear with us as we move all of our stories and updates from multiple pages and the old website while simultaneously managing the new website and the organization.

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