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Chemicals and Trauma are Killing our VeteransTim King Salem-News.com
The journey to educate Americans about contaminated military bases continues, Tim King is moving toward Illinois.
(ROLLA, MO) - Our mission to raise awareness of Veteran's health issues has been underway for a little over a month now, we just wrapped three days of talks in Missouri, in one case addressing an audience of more than 300.
Operation Red Dragonfly is a one-off idea to tour the nation on a motorcycle giving talks about military base contamination, PTSD and Veteran Suicide, Agent Orange and other issues facing veterans.
As the news editor of Salem-News.com, I have dedicated almost ten years of my life to providing people valuable information through the Internet; now I am looking them in the eye and taking the message to the street, to churches, VFW's, and other locations where members of the public can be accessed.
Veterans are the primary concern, but the issues they face reach out and impact family and friends and even people who simply live near current and former military bases that are contaminated with deadly chemicals.
I have worked with Dr. Phil Leveque for several years. As a Professor of Pharmacology, Forensic Toxicologist and Osteopathic Physician, he is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to the collision between chemicals and the human body. Before entering the world of medicine, Dr. Leveque fought in WWII as an Army Infantryman in Patton's Army.
Dr. Leveque's testimony in the 1970's led to DDT being banned, and he testified as a Forensic Toxicologist in the first lawsuit over a TCE-related death. That also took place in the 1970's.
When I began discovering the world of toxic US military bases, including my own former base, the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro, Doc Leveque was there to fill in the blanks. In the end there are no good answers.
There are efforts underway at El Toro to remove the TCE from the groundwater beneath the base, but as our Laguna Beach based writer Roger Butow points out, the chemical laced water is simply dumped into the ocean through an outfall pipe half a mile off South Laguna Beach.
Even if the TCE tainted groundwater is removed, an El Nino season will effectively "recharge" the chemicals. There are no solutions to contaminated land other than to vacate it and ban human occupation.
This will probably never happen, the El Toro Marine base, now annexed by Irvine, California, is slated to be a park and housing development, it is truly a shameful fact. As my co-author Robert O'Dowd points out,
Some of the chemicals I address are...
Trichloroethylene (TCE) - a triple chlorine degreasing chemical that causes liver failure, lower stomach issues, cancer and birth defects in the children of contamination victims.
Perchloroethylene (PCE) a degreasing chemical that utilizes four types of chlorine.
Those interested in learning more can contact me via my email below, I am also addressing PTSD and Veteran suicide and gathering elements for a documentary on PTSD that is under production.
Anyone with questions can call 916 308-5902.
Many people are already helping, one significant person is Sheree Evans in Missouri, she is the east coast contact person for 'Operation Red Dragonfly'. You can write to Sheree at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in seeing this event come to your city or town.
People and organizations who have contributed include Nicholas Burgin, Tosh Plumlee, Paul Stanford and THCF Clinic, Coral Theill, Charlie Smith, Vic Pittman, Mary Vogel, Joan Vogel, Kevin Saunders, Leonard Lawrence, Dennis Paterka, Karin Rougeau, Charlie Smith, Jean James, Bob and Donna Collinsworth, Robert and Grace O'Dowd, Al Hayward, James Frederickson, Michael Rawlings, Gary Bennett, Veterans United for Truth, EnyaDreamz Productions, Bonnie King, the King family, Sacramento Motorcycle Rentals, and several other are already stepping up. It is time to think outside of the box, time to reach out in person. We believe this is a cheap and effective approach that will gain measurable ground in our fight to save lives.
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