Upon the request of Eric Newton, PIO, 11ACVVC, I have compiled further information relating to occupational exposure of harmful chemicals known as poisons, toxins and dioxin. The listed references relate to exposures of herbicides, cleaning solvents, degreasers, tar removers and refrigerants. Exposure was typically in the form of inhalation or direct skin contact. These chemicals supplied by all branches of the military were used in the
following fields: teletype maintenance, auto mechanics, maintenance of weapons, air craft mechanics, heavy equipment maintenance, electronics, nuclear weapons and all other fields which required the cleaning of metal parts. Some were also used at the dry cleaning facilities located on the military facilities and for weed control . The Government has known for years of the harmful effects and serious if not fatal consequences of these chemicals. Not only has your health been placed at risk but also your children and grand children.
Based upon current information, the following chemicals were supplied by all branches of the military: Trichloroethylene, Carbon Tetrachloride also known as (carbon tet), Perchloroethylene, which emits dioxins, it is also known as (Tetrachloroethylene), Trichlorofluoromethane, Trichloromethane also known as (chlroform), Dichlorodifluoromethane, Chlorofluoro carbons, Hydrochlorofluoro carbons, Dichlroromethane or (meth, methlenechloride),Toluene and Xylene. There could be many more I have yet to locate. These are considered to be organic compounds, chlorinated hydrocarbons, halogenated solvents, some are considered volatile and all have harmful side effects.
Officials would want you to believe that Carbon Tetrachloride was banned. This is simply not true. Carbon Tet was banned in the 60s for certain uses. At this time the military began to slow its use down. In 1985 it was banned as a fumigant. Documents will reflect that as of December 1999 the military was still using this deadly chemical as a cleaning solvent. A bill was submitted to the 107th Congress called: Veterans Carbon Tetrachloride Benefits Act. Bill number H.R. 514. I have listed the web site for your review. This bill has not passed. It has now been referred to the Senate Sub Committee where it now sits. The bill will die if we dont take action. After you review the contents, officials highly recommend you write you Congressmen and demand that action be take to see this bill through.
I am not an expert, doctor or chemist. I am just an informed Daughter Of A Fallen Vietnam Veteran. In memory of my dad, I hope to help inform others of possible occupational exposures they may have been effect by. My dad was a 20 year veteran and of that he worked with some of the mentioned chemicals for 15 years and was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in the military. We believe these exposures caused his illnesses and ultimate demise. Please accept this as my disclaimer as I leave it to you to interpret the documents written by the professionals.
I began some of my research in the following areas:
Search google.com for: Military weapons cleaning solvent, military fire arms cleaning solvent, military use of chlorinated solvents, military fire arms and chlorinated solvents, chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, halogenated solvent, hydrocarbon based solvents, chlorine-dioxin, organic compounds and organic halogen compounds .
There is an enormous amount of information available. I have chosen a few for your review. Many of these sites mention all that is listed above.
A final note: Aside from the possibility that some 201 files may indicate the chemicals you were required to use, it has been made clear that VA Regional Offices have manuals that provide their representatives a complete description which outlines occupational requirements and a chemical reference for each particular job.
Military weapons cleaning solvent carbon tetrachloride and more:
Report to Congress-Ozone-Depleting: search google.com ( This document is under review by Congress. They still havent passed this. It is a very long document but well worth peaking at. NOTE; the chemicals still in use. See paragraph on; Technical Plan V11 General and Precision Cleaning) Wed address not listed as it appears to be incorrect.
(Pollution Prevention Fact Sheet #12)
(Solvent Alternatives and Equipment)
(ATTENTION:)a book titled "toxicology" Effects of solvents and vapors by Larry S Andrews and Roberts Snyder. This book will explain why some of you have had positive TB detection.
This site lists the contents of the Carbon Tetrachloride which has not passed. It is in danger of dying if we dont act now. Please contact your congressmen and demand that action be taken to get this bill passed.
Note ; this next document has no wed site address pay close attention to the last page as it refers to military use. Search, Trichloroethylene, University of California MSD System. This is written by J. T. Baker Inc. Titled Material Safety Data sheet. Dated 1996. See yahoo.com, msn.com or google.com
Trichloromethane: (chloroform )
( This site has all that you need, use Dioxin when referring to Agent Orange or the individual chemical names you are researching.)
Map of Vietnam:
Note; the attached map showing military sites in Vietnam was supplied by Wesley Turner of the United States Marine Corp.
Petition Concerning Your Benefits: ( Responses Needed ASAP )
Click on: View New Petitions, scroll down to, Retirement Disability Offset.
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