A few months back, I gave an update on the areas of exposure for Agent Orange and some of the other chemical agents that were used during the years from WWII through Vietnam. Their use was most visible in the jungles of Southeast Asia as showing the film of planes spraying defoliants was a staple for the network news in the evenings. As we now know, many civilians and military personnel were also exposed by “second-hand” remnants of these chemicals in storage areas, ships, planes and vehicles that transported them to the areas of use, and testing areas. Some of these areas are very close to home.
In an article that was posted on Jan. 20 by John DeMayo, he reports another Army post, and the surrounding civilian area have been identified as having been contaminated by several dangerous chemical agents for years.
In 2003, the city of Anniston filled suit against Monsanto and won. The settlement resulted in an award of $700 million to the city and residents to help care for the damage done by exposure to the chemicals that found their way into the soil and water supply of the city. Monsanto also agreed to pay for clean-up costs.
What about the thousands of veterans who were stationed on McClellan and spent weeks, months or even years on this post? Believe it or not, they were never made aware of the suit with Monsanto, and furthermore, the judge who made the ruling excluded them from participation in the suit. His rationale was that any veterans who experienced any illnesses related to their exposure there could apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs for any future care and treatment.
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