Congressional Pressure on K2 Contamination!

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Veterans Benefits, Appeals, Compensation, Resources, Service Connected, VA Disability, Veteran's Benefits, Veterans Affairs

Congressional Pressure on K2 Contamination!

From 2001 to 2005, over 7,000 American military personnel were stationed and working at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base in Uzbekistan.

This base, more commonly known as K2, is now the subject of growing concern from lawmakers, who are in the midst of seeking an abundance of answers on what exactly transpired there in that four-year window.

Last month, Dem. chairwoman of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, Rep., Elaine Luria, joined many other congressional committee members currently seeking answers from the United States D.O.D. and Veterans Affairs.

The request for documents has been made to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, as concern over radiation, fuel, and chemical contamination all come to light. Other requests have been made for the data behind claims filed by veterans whose illnesses could possibly be service-connected to their time spent at the Uzbekistan base.

Studies Show Sad Reality For Veterans

Studies show that veterans who spent a prolonged period of time at this base in Uzbekistan are actually 5x more likely to develop key forms of cancer that others stationed in different places are not. In a letter, Rep., Luria noted that she is concerned the “VA has not” acknowledged the relationship between those who served on K2 and the potential diagnosis of certain cancers, or even death.

Back on March 10th, an official from the VA said publically that they’re working with the Department of Defense to further determine who was stationed at K2, and to document their health status, or if they’ve unfortunately passed away. Susan Carter from the VA later added that veterans who served at this location are able to seek out medical exams from their primary care providers and can also be involved in the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to document their health concerns.

Sadly, a service member seeking out treatment was told the department could not test for depleted uranium or radiation exposure.

Green Ponds & Black “Goo” – Really?

Last December, the McClatchy news organization published a series of exposes which took a deep dive in the horrific conditions at K2, some of which were noteworthy was the pond that ‘glowed green’, and the black “goo” which began to seep up from the ground and soil.

Being a former Uzbekistan military base, K2 was used to aid in logistical support for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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