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I find it difficult to believe that no other Marines were diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, COPD, congestive heart failure, diabetes #2, daily headaches, ED, and a host of other diseases due to the toxic organic chemicals unpublished by the base maintenance, Base Commanders, and even the Commandant of the Marine Corps himself. There were no warnings from the DOD, or any other person in a position of authority from 1953 thru 1987.
Try to tell me why this well known fact has been concealed and never spoken by anyone. All of these diseases are known to be caused by toxic chemical pollution, but, still to this day I am denied VA benefits for diseases that are literally killing me. I know for a fact that a law suit levied against the VA was settled in favor of a WM and believe me it was a nice settlement for Pulmonary Fibrosis alone.
Why am I still being denied my rightful benefits? Can someone tell me this so I can understand? Or, should I just die from the 3-5 year mortality rate of Pulmonary Fibrosis after diagnosis?
Note from the Editor: The author currently resides in Pennsylvania. The account/editorial is verbatim from the author without edit, with only the omission of their name to preserve anonymity.