Monday, October 10, 2011

Vet claims exposure to Agent Orange on Guam


http://www.kuam.com/story/15646771/2011/10/08/vet-claims-exposure-to-agent-orange-on-guam
by Nick Delgado

Guam - Veterans and their families who were on Guam during the Vietnam War and were exposed to Agent Orange have launched a petition drive, calling on the Obama Administration to launch a full investigation into the matter. One such veteran hopes the White House will listen and learn from his story.

"I'm Master Sergeant Leroy Foster," the man said, introducing himself. "I'm retired from the U.S. Air Force. I came over to Guam during the Vietnam War 412 with the 99th Air Force Base and I was assigned to at that time it was the 3960th Combat Support Group. I think it was the 819th Support Squadron converted to the 43rd Supply Squadron."

According to Foster, he arrived to Guam in September 1968. "I was assigned to the Fuel Division and I worked on fuel tank farms refueling aircrafts, B-52s. They had me spraying Agent Orange herbicides."

Foster is one of many veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange on Guam during the Vietnam War and have signed a petition calling on President Barack Obama to launch an investigation. Foster says it wasn't too long after working in the fuel tank farms on Guam his health began to deteriorate and just got worse through his military career and into retirement. "Sometime in 1978, not realizing that it was all connected to Agent Orange, I ended up having some severe health problems right up ‘til I retired from active duty. But they discovered I had spongeolosis. I was denied employment after I retired from active duty because I'm paralyzed from my waist down."

He added, "[I] had strokes and heart attacks not knowing what happened to me, and then in July 2009, the Agent Orange Commission released Agent Orange Update and I realized then what was happening to me and it was from those herbicides that I sprayed over there in Guam from and on Andersen AFB and off-base."

A total of 5,000 signatures are needed in order to get the White House's attention. Currently there are only 126 people who have signed the petition.

If you would like to read the petition you can read it on http://www.whitehouse.gov/. The deadline to get the required number of signatures is October 22. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo supports the initiative, telling KUAM News that individuals who may have been exposed to these chemicals deserve to have this matter investigated fully.

6 comments:

  1. Veterans and their families, who had Guam during the Vietnam War, and were exposed to Agent Orange has launched a petition.

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  2. https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/investigation-full-disclosure-where-and-when-agent-orange-herbicides-were-used-outside-vietnam/rQdBtRyd

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  3. Question for anyone on this group;

    I was stationed POL, USAF both at Bergstrom AFB Texas and Two TDY's to Germany - Active duty 1975-78. Having Medical issues currently.

    We used "an unknown defoliant" in the fuel farms, storage areas and other squadron areas. I never saw the original container labels for this herbicide, is there a possibility of it being dioxin based or "recirculated AO"?

    Was AO ever stored at Bergstrom or Zwybrueken AFB?

    Please send me a message if you may know information either way on this subject, Thanks tx007pi@aol.com

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    1. I see this is from 2012, hope someone still reads this. I was stationed at Bergstrom in 67 and part of 68 until being shipped to Ankara, Turkey. Started having medical problems at Bergstrom, but Docs wrote it off as bad stomach. In Turkey I had several bladder infection's, seems like every other month I had one and until this day and I'm almost 68 the bladder and urinary problems that caused stricture's back in 68 I am still plagued with, plus prostate problem's. I would like to know about Bergstrom also. Plus there were demonstrations by college student's in 69 in Ankara and they sprayed something to dispurse them.

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  4. How do we sign it please send a link!!

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  5. My wife and her family were on Guam where her father was stationed from 68-70. All 6 of them got lung cancer most are dead with my wife fighting lung cancer now. I don't think this is a coincidence.

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