News: Toxic Exposure
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.
May 17, 2023
By; U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command
May 15, 2023
Veterans exposed to chemical at Camp Lejeune faced a 70% higher Parkinson’s risk, study says
By; Jen Christensen, CNN
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.
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
April 26, 2023
Veterans file half a million claims for benefits due to toxic exposure
April 5, 20023
K2 veterans demand answers from the Pentagon about the toxins they were exposed to
By; Quil Lawrence, NPR
A group of veterans who served at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base in Uzbekistan during the Afghan War say they can't get the Pentagon to declassify information about the toxins they may have been exposed to.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
January 19, 2023
VA accelerates IT modernization to handle more vets seeking care under PACT Act
By; Jory Heckman, Federal News Network
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.
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.
August 10, 2022
'The limitations are bothersome' says some veteran advocates of newly signed PACT Act
By; Liz Crawford, WTSP Tampa Bay 10
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.
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