The following is a personal story submitted to Civilian Exposure and published as part of our new series: “Contamination Chronicles: Personal Stories of Exposure”. If you would like to submit your story, you may fill out our form here or send directly via email to share-@-civilianexposure.org.
It is with resounding alarm that our politicians lack the empathy for dying veterans. Currently, we are going on 19 months since we have started our appeal process with the VA. I am so aggravated by the lack of progress! I just called Congressman Mullin’s office again in Muskogee. This after no response from his office from weeks ago. My husband started dialysis back on September 20th. We commute to go three times a week. The VA were in no hurry to expedite our travel reimbursement. They claimed due to the end of the fiscal year. We are having to be selective as to what bills we can pay.
I need everyone to see the injustices caused to the veterans that served at Fort Ord. The chemicals caused this debilitating disease to occur to my husband. He is only 56 years old with end-stage renal failure. It needs to be considered a presumptive base also. Veterans need to be able to get a service-connected rating without having to go through all the red tape.
The U.S. Army needs to be held accountable for their neglect.
Note from the Editor: The author currently resides in Oklahoma. The account/editorial is verbatim from the author without edit, with only the omission of their name to preserve anonymity.
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