Wednesday, May 03, 2017


[*Thank you for your patience: Names Project below updates routinely ---RBS 5.2.17]

OPERATION PURPLE HEART is a real life account of soldiers that are returning from Iraq & Afghanistan with cancer. This site is for the soldiers and their families after Iraq; the hopelessness and helplessness they may sometimes feel while tucked away in a VA hospital somewhere across the United States. When they think, 'Am I the only one?' We are responding with an answer, 'No.' And it begins with Army Captain Chaplain Fran E. Stuart, my sister.

Our tracking of cancer in the military began September 2, 2006, and follows the challenges and struggles a soldier has to contend with while battling cancer in the military. The frustrations transitioning from war to civilian life, ill---entering a world of military red tape and their language: acronym's. It is a casualty many soldiers returning from Iraq & Afghanistan are confronted with, unbeknownst to the public and unacknowledged by the military. And it is for this battle of their life, stricken with a "war wound" of Cancer that's intentionally ignored by the DoD---that they should be awarded the Purple Heart; a mere decoration for their selfless dedication to serve this country---even at their own peril once they return.

While deployed---soldiers are being exposed to a combination of immune system killers: the Anthrax vaccine, depleted Uranium dust, Burn Pit smoke and contaminated water. Like 911 workers not being informed of the dangers from not wearing protective gear, nor being supplied with it---through inhalation and ingestion of the airborne toxic dust---soldiers are exposed to a more deadly and rapidly moving carcinogen that develops into rare, stage III & IV cancers within 2 - 36 months. Most developing on the battle field.

OPERATION PURPLE HEART puts a face on cancer in the military post deployment with Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom soldiers, as Vietnam Veteran's did twenty years later with Agent Orange and Desert Storm Veteran's did ten years later with The Gulf War Syndrome. Only we're not waiting that long.......let the faces be seen, let the names be read, let the stories unfold and let the voices be heard now.

[This site is updated with soldiers names when they are discovered. Thank you for your support. No matter "who" the President is--what war, or how many years pass---soldiers continue to be diagnosed with rare cancers Post deployment. And those brave men and women remain unheard and ignored. God help the Politicians and DoD, as they know not what they've done---and how they have made our service members suffer in the name of freedom and democracy. --RBS]

*Deceased in red

Since the DoD refuses to admit a problem and release statistics---consider this NAMES PROJECT to be “evidence based medicine.”

[To E-mail me regarding your story click on either name above, under contributors. To read some of their personal stories, visit me at The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-b-stuart/  Thank you for sharing this Blog link and the love.]

1. Fran E. Stuart, age 41, Army CPT. Chaplain - Kuwait 1 mth. / Mosul, Iraq 11 mths. - Diag Dysgerminoma (stage IV ovarian)

2. Charles Frenzel, age 59, Army SGT. First Class - Kirkuk, Iraq / 8 mths. - Diag. Meningioma (non malignant brain tumor)

3. Charles E. Lewis, age ?, Army SGT. - Mosul, Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. Semanoma (stage II testicular/sperm tract)

4. Tonya Fagan, age ?, Army CPT. - Mosul, Iraq / 6 mths. - Diag. Cervical cancer (stage II )

5. Frank Valentin, age 34, Army Staff SGT. - Kuwait / 24 mths. - Diag. Colon cancer (stage IV spread to lungs)

6. Gladys Lanier, age ?, Army CPT. Chaplain - Iraq / 10 mths. - Diag. Breast cancer (stage I)

7. Charles Dougherty, age ?, Army Combat Engineer - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Leukemia (stage ?) [WSMV News]

8. Erick Stenborg, age 27, Army CPT. - Baghdad, Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. Gliobastoma (malignant brain tumor stage IV)

9. Dirk Spanton, age 50, Army Colonel - Iraq / 32 mths. - Diag. Liver cancer (stage IV spread) [AP, Bloomingotn, Ill.]

10. James H. Lauderdale, age 59, Army SGT. First Class - Kuwait / 10 wks. - Diag. Squamous Cell (mouth stage II spread to stage IV lungs, ribs, spinal column)

11. April L. Wheeler, age ?, Army SGT. - Afghanistan / 6 mths. - Diag. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (stage ? )

12. Dustin Brim, age 22, Army SPC. - Iraq / 8 mths. - Diag. Non-Hodgekins Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma (stage IV spread)

13. Andrew Rounds, age 22, Army SPC. - Iraq / 14 mths. - Diag. Acute Myelogenous Luekemia

14. Eric Renner, age 20, Marine Specialist - U. S. Twentynine Palms Training Base / 11 mths. - Diag. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (stage ? spread)

15. Ryan Oyster, age 27, Marine E-6 Staff SGT. - Iraq / 4 mths. - Diag. Unknown Rare Incurable Lymphatic Cancer (stage IV spread)

16. Aron Cody Blum, age 22, Marine SGT. - Iraq / 4 mths. - Diag. Rare, Agressive Aplastic Anemia [Az. Daily Star]

17. Gregory Anton, age 34, Army E - 4 - Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. Colon Cancer (stage III)

18. Anna, age ?, Air National Guard - Iraq / 4 mths. - Diag. Non-Hodgekins Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (stage IAE)

19. Joshua Fitzwater, age 25, Air Force SGT. - Iraq / 16 mths. - Diag. Hepatoid Adenocarcinoma (stage ?)

20. T. Bauman, age ?, Rank ? - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma (stage ? )

21. Carmelo Rodriguez, age 29, Marine SGT. - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Melanoma (stage IV) [CBS News]

22. Steven G. Ochs, age 32, Army Staff SGT. - Iraq / Afghanistan / 39 mths. - Diag. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (stage IV)

23. Matthew Bumpus, age 32, Army Staff SGT. - Balad, Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (stage IV)

24. Christopher Sachs, age 36, Army SGT. - Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (stage IV)

25. Joshua Barber, age 31, Marine / Law Enforcement - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Acute Myeloid Leukemia

26. Travis Bromfield, age 25, Army SPC. / Mechanic - Iraq / 6 mths. - Diag. Neuroendocrine Carcinoma (stage IV)

27. Larry Roberta, age 44, Army National Guard SPC. - Iraq / 5 mths. - Diag. Lung/stomach disease [AP]

28. James Gentry, age ?, Army National Guard Lt. Col. - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Lung Cancer (stage IV) [AP]

29. David Moore, age 42, Army Nationa Guard 1st SGT. - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Lung Disease [AP]

30. Nicholas Thomas, age 21, Army National Guard SGT. - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Leukemia [The Oregonian]

31. ? Shlesher, age 42, Army MJR. - Iraq / ? mths. - Diag. Cancer

32. Ryan Anderson, age 37, Army CPT. - Iraq / 24 mths? - Diag. Liver Cancer (stage IV)

33. Gregory Wilson, age 56, Army SSG. - Iraq / 4 mths. - Diag. Lung Cancer (stage ?)

34. James W. Hubbard Jr., age 57, Army Reserves Command SGT. MJR. - Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. ALL Leukemia

35. David Petraeous, age 56 ?, Army Commanding General - Iraq / 4 tours - Diag. Prostrate Cancer

36. Amanda Older, age 23, Army SGT. - Iraq / 15 mths. - Diag. Adrenalcortical Carcinoma (stage IV)

37. Nilton Cacoilo, age 24, Marine / Mechanic / HazMat Handler - Iraq / 24 tmhs. - Diag. AML Leukemia [NJ.com]

38. ? Keeton, age 23, Marine - Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. Synovial Sarcoma (stage ?)

39. Jason Gallegos, age ?, Army Master SGT. - Iraq / 36 mths. - Diag. CML Leukemia

40. Danielle M. Nienajadlo, age 31, Army Staff SGT. / Mechanic - Iraq / 3 mths. - Diag. AML Leukemia [Army Times]

41. ? Thomas, age ?, Army - Iraq / 12 mths. - Diag. AML Leukemia

42. Sandi Golden-Vest, age 35, USAF Master SGT. / Air Crew - Iraq / Afghanistan / 25 mths. - Diag. AML Leukemia

43. Cody Feeback, age 27, Marine SGT. / Convoy Security - Fallujah, Iraq / 12 mths. 2 Tours - Diag. Wilms Tumor (stage III)

44. Raymond Gillett, age 52, Major Army Nat'l Guard / Chaplain - Kuwait 1 mth. / Iraq 11 mths. - Diag. Thyroid Cancer (stage I)

45. Austin Monk, age 21, Army SPC. / ? - Al Asad, Iraq / 3 mths. - Diag. ALL Leukemia

46. Jose Ordaya, age 28, Navy HM2 / Fleet Marine Force - Jalalabad, Afghanistan / 8 mths. - Diag. ALL Leukemia

47. Collin J. Nesbitt, age ?, Army SPC / Driver – Diyala Province, Iraq / ? mths. – Diag. Testicular Cancer

48. Richard English, age 39, Air Force TSGT / Medic - Balad, Iraq & Helmand Province, Afghanistan / 2 Tours - Diag. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IV)

49. Eric J. Clark, age 34, Army SSG / ? - FOB Iskan, Iraq / 7 mths. - Diag. Papillary Thyroid Cancer (stage II)

50. Wes Landry, age 25, Marine SGT. / ? – Camp FOX, Kuwait / 4 mths. – Diag. Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (stage IV)

51. Michael Belloli, age 27, Army SPC./ Airborne Unit – FOB Orgun-E, Shkin & Khost, Afghanistan / 12 mths. - Diag. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IV)

52. Kirk W. Stowell, age 25, Army SGT.  ? - Iraq / 3 tours – Diag. Liver Cancer Fibrolamellar Carcinoma (stage IV) Died 1/26/16 age, 30

53. Ryan W. Hill, age 30, Army SGT. / Airborne Medic – Khost Afghanistan / 13 mths. – Diag. Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IV)

54. Wesley de Groot, age 30, Dutch Army SGT. / MP – Basrah, Iraq / 4 mths. - Diag. Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IV)

55. Robert L. Yarrish, age 64, Naval Reservist / Dr. – Kuwait & Afghanistan – Diag. Cancer (stage IV)

56. Chasty Seltzer, age 24, Army Rank ? -  Iraq / 12 mths. 2007 – 2008 – Diag. 2011: Lymphoma

57. Paul Yaeger, age 39, Army CW3 / Helicopter Pilot -  Bagram, Afghanistan / 5 mths. 2002 & Mosul, Iraq / 12 mths. 2003-2004  – Diag. 2006: Mixed Cellularity Hodgkin Lymphoma (stage IV) & Diag. 2010: Primary Mediastinal Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IV) 

58. Pupo Fernando, age ?, Marine SSGT. -  Iraq / 4 mths. 2007 – Diag. 2010: Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (stage IV)

59. Jon Armbrust, age 25, Army Brigade / CSM Gunner & RTO - Hawejah, Iraq / 15 mths. 2006 & Sharqat 2008 – Diag. 2009: Anaplastic Astrocytoma (stage III)

60. Bobby J. Jones, age 46, Army SSGT. National Guard – Afghanistan / 3 tours 2011, 2006-2007, 2002-2003 – Diag. 2012: Lung Cancer (stage IV)

61. David Keer, age ?,  SFC. 20 years in service - Iraq / Afghanistan - Diag. 2011: Acute Promyelotic Leukemia

62. ? Richardson, age 21, Air Force – Iraq / 2011 – Diag. 2011: Synodival Cancer 

63. Gabriel England, age ?, Water Purification SPF - Iraq / 2003-2004 - Diag. 2011: Papilarry Thyroid Cancer 

64. Charles Brennan, age 41, Army SSGT. – Afghanistan 2010 - 2011 - Diag. 2013: Bladder Cancer

65. Mark Okuda, age 39, Army SGT. – Deployed ? – Diag. 2011: Colon Cancer (stage IV)

66. Scott Sullivan, age 31, Marine SGT. 1998-2006 -  Iraq /  June 03 / Dec 04 - June 05 / 12 mths. -
Diag. Dec. 2011: Brain Tumor, Oligodendroglioma (stage II)   
67. Lawrence James Jankowski, age 48, CPT. -  OEF/ Balad & Mosul Iraq / 8 mths  - Diag: ALL Leukemia  

68. William Austin Daniel, age 33, LA Army National Guard SSG. -  Camp Victory, Baghdad / Oct. 2004-Sept. 2005 - Diag. Nov. 2008: Hodgkin's Lymphoma (stage III) Died: 9/7/09

69. Gregory Andrew Bailey Jr., age 23,  SGT. - Tours 2 / Iraq / July 2005 - Diag. Brain Tumor, Glioblastoma Multiforme (stage IV) Died at 26

70. Kendall McKibben, age: 32, Army CPL Mechanic - Tour 15 mths. / Baghdad 2003 - Diag. 2005 Brain Tumor 

71. Angela Calhoun, age: 38, E-5 SGT. - Tour 12 mths. / Baghdad, Iraq 2005 – 2006 – Diag. 2012 Breast Cancer (stage IIB now stage IV)

72. Stephen Hayes, age: 28, Rank?, - Airforce Reserves – Tour ? mths. / Iraq 2005 – Diag. ?    2010 

73. Mr. Ankrom, age: 44, 1st SGT., Army, Transportation – Tour 24 mths. / Ballad, Iraq 2006 - Diag. Nov. 2013 Lung Cancer (stage IV)  

74. Steven Hughes, age: 36, Rank? – Tour 6 mths. / Camp Arifjan, Camp Beuring, FOB Honor & FOB Anaconda, Iraq Jan - July 2005 - Diag. March 2013 Follicular Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma (stage IV) 

75. Leonard Pitman, age: 45, SGT. – Tour 12 mths. / Camp Slayer, Iraq Sept 2006 – 2007 – Diag. Nov. 2007 Small Cell Lung Cancer (stage III). Died Oct. 2008

76. Matthew Thomas Cunningham, age: ?  SSGT. - Tour ?  / Iraq, Kuwait 2004 - Diag. 2004 & 2007 Mixed Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor (stage II).  Died Nov. 21, 2013

77. Gabriel ?, age ?, Rank ? - Tour Kuwait 9 mths. - Diag Thyroid Cancer  

78. Manny Colon, age: 40, SFC 25th Infantry Division Field Artillery 13 B - Tour Camp Tillman Afghanistan Lwara March 2004 - April 2005 - Diag. Feb 2010 Non Hodgkin's Follicular Lymphoma (stage IV) 

79. Jonathan Tyson, age: ? Army E-5 - 2 Tours / 16 mths. / Area ? - Diag. 2010 ? Astrocytoma Brain Cancer (stage II) 

80. Jonathan Daige, age: 31, SGT. Army Reserve, Fuel Transportation & Convey Security - 2 Tours Al Anbar Province / Iraq March 2003 - Dec. 2003 & Baghdad Sept. 2005 - Aug. 2006 - Diag. March 2012 Mixed Germ Cell Tumor Testicular Cancer (stage III)

81. Bill Gau, age 38, Army CPT. Infantry - Tour / Bagram / Kabul Afghanistan 2005 - Diag. 2011 Acute Myeloid Leukemia  (stage IV)

82. Phillip Martin, age: ?  CPT. Army Armored Division - 2 Tours / Iraq - Diag. 2014 Hodgkin's Lymphoma (stage II)

83. Casey Robinson, age: 26, SGT. USMC - 2 Tours 12 mths. / Iraq / Afghanistan - Diag. 2012 Testicular Cancer spread to stomach and both lungs (stage II)

84. James Fisher, age: 34, Army SFC - 3 Tours 36 mths. /  Baghdad, April 2004 - July 2004, Tikrit, Oct. 2005 - Sept. 2006, Baghdad, May 2007 - May 2008 - Diag. 2014 Papillary Cell Carcinoma (stage?)  

85. Justin Fitch, age 32, ArmyCPT, Tour? - Diag.? 

86. Robert A Groom, age?, Army Staff Sargent – FOB Iraq & Afghanistan -  Diag. Double Hit B- cell Lymphoma. Died 5/2/14

87. Jeremy Seffens, age 34, Army SGT – Tour ended 2014 Jalalabad / Asadabad Afghanistan, Diag. Pleomorphic Adenoma 

88. Paul M. Edgerton, age 49 – Army Sergeant First Class - Tour 2007 – 2008 Iraq / Baghdad Diag. Follicular Lymphoma (Grade 3A)

89. Jeffrey T Wells, age 32, Army SGT. - Iraq Convoy Security for Kellogg Brown and Root – Tours: 3 Iraq 2003-2004 / 2006-2007 / 2009-2010 – Diag. 2015 Rare Metastatic Spindle Cell Sarcoma (stage IV) Died 8/14/15

90. Allen Larsen, age? – Army SFC, Tours 3:  Kuwait 1991 / Mosel, Iraq 2010-2011, Jalal a bad Afghanistan 2014 - Diag. Squamous Cell Carcinoma

91. Johnny H., age ?, Army SGT – Tours 2: Arramadi, Iraq 2003-2005 – Diag. Acute Lymphoma Leukemia

92. Anonymous, age 31, Tours: Iraq 2003-2004 – Diag. 2013 Breast Cancer (stage III)

93. Robert Kempker age 29, Rank?, Tours? Diag. Lymphoma Died 7/2015

94. Keva Potts, age?, Rank?,  - Tours 3:  Baghdad, Iraq Jan. 2003 - Aug 2003  /  Tikrit, Iraq  Jan. 2005 - Dec 2005  Camp Fob Dagger & Camp Speicher  /  Mazasheriff  Camp DehDadi  Aug. 2010 – Aug. 2011 - Diag. 2015 Multiple Myeloma

95. Shane ?, age 19, Rank?  -  Linguist – Tour Afghanistan  - Diag. Thyroid Cancer (stage IV)

96. Brian Belter, age 44,  Rank: Medic  - Air Force  - Primary Security Detail / Emplaced Transition Team / Provincial Reconstruction Team – Tours 2: Afghanistan 2008 - 2010 - Diag. 2015 Acute Myeloid Leukemia  

97. Joshua A. McDonald, age 24, Army SPC - Combat Medic – Tour: Mosul, Quyyarah 2009 – 2010 - Diag. 2011 Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

98. Amy Spears-Nordhausen, age 53, Rank: Army Major - FOB Warhorse - Tour 1 : Iraq, 2009 – 2010 – Diag. year? Mycobacterium Avium, Lymphocytic Colitis, Monoclonal Gammopathy

99. Kristopher Kenney, age 33, Rank: Army ? - Signal Corps.  – Tour 1 : Iraq, Cob Adder 2010 – 2011 - Diag. Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

100. Brian Homer, age ?, Rank: Army SGT. E5.  Combat Operations - Tour 1 : Iraq, Camp Victory North & Camp Stryker / Taji / Falluja - Operation Phantom Fury / Anbar Provence, Camp Dog Wood January 2004 - March 2005 - Diag. Testicular Cancer (stage I)

101. Zach Merrill,  age: 31, Rank: Marine Corporal  Lima 3/25 - Tours 1 : Iraq's Al Anbar Province, 2005 - Diag. 2016, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

102. Scott Fuller, age:  55, Rank: Former Army MAJ, now LTC  67th FST Airborne - Job:  Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) – Tours 1 : 12 mths./ 2011 - 2012 -Afghanistan – Diag. 1/13 Prostate Cancer  (stage IV)  

103. Patrick Campbell, age 33, Rank : Army SSGT. - Tours 2 : Afghanistan 6 mths 2002 – 2003 / Iraq 7 mths. 2003 – 2004 - Diag. Glioma Brain Cancer (stage II) 

104. John Marshall, age 31, Rank: Army Sgt. Job: IEDD Unit. – Tours: 2 : Iraq 2015 - Diag. Soft Tissue Sarcoma - Died 3/29/17 [Fox News]

105. Marc Lemieux, age 59, Rank: Army SGT. -  Tour 6 mths. : Kuwait / Iraq 2007 - Diag: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia - Died 2017

106. ? Martin, age ? , Rank ? - Tours 23 mths. : Iraq - Diag. Brain Cancer

107. Steve Steirer, age: 50, Rank: CW5 - Job: Blackhawk pilot -  Tours 2: Basara Airport / Iraq  9 mths. 2009 - Camp Bondteel / Kosovo 12 mths. 2005 - Diag. 2015 Mantel Cell Lymphoma (stage IV)

108. Angela Duncan, age: ?, Rank: Army SPC. - Job ? - Tours ? 2003: Camp Penn Kuwait / Mosul, Iraq - Diag. 2014 Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma 

++Please Use PayPalMe Above to Donate $5 to Help Support this Ongoing Work. A Portion will be Given to a Variety of Veteran's Charities. ---Thank you for being a part of this decade long fight to right the wrongs of our U. S. Military.  Yours   --RBS

Since unexplained illnesses first began with Gulf War vet's....and it's ending horrifically with Operation Iraqi Freedom Vet's. OPERATION PURPLE HEART will be incorporating DESERT STORM/SHEILD Veteran's to this site.

It appears many Desert Storm Vet's have returned with Gulf War Syndrome and unexplained illnesses, and have unintentionally passed disease and illness along to their wives via sperm. The beginnings of this syndrome has now progressed from Desert Storm vet's passing on cancer and illness to their offspring post the Gulf War....and 10 years later OIF & OEF soldiers returning with cancer themselves. Below will be another list of names of soldiers with offspring diagnosed with cancer, other diseases and illnesses.

Thank you so very much for all of the suffering you've gone through for our country. I hope to make it known that it's our turn to give back to the soldiers, the Veteran's, who have battled for us ill-informed of the full consequences of their military dedication---while fighting in someone else's war, and continuing to fight their own battles....alone.

NAME --- RANK --- TOUR/TERM --- ONSET OF ILLNESS --- OFFSPRING (age, onset, diag.)

1. Darren Barnett, Marine E - 3 Lance Corp. - Kuwait / 6 mths. (10/1990 - 4/1991) - Gulf War Syndrome - Three offspring post-deployment: Son, born 1993 / Diag. age 5 with Nueroblastoma (brain tumor stage IV) - Daughter, born 1994 / Diag. at birth with heart murmur - Daughter, born 2001 / Diag. at birth with heart murmur

2. Leif Lange, Army SGT. Infantry - Iraq / Kuwait (1991 / 9 mths.) - Cerebellar Astrocytoma (brain cancer stage ? )

3. Stanley Brian Dailey, Army SGT. 551st Transportation Unit - Saudi Arabia / Iraq (8/1989 - 8/1990) - Diag. Non-Small Cell Adenocarcinoma (Lung Cancer stage IV)

4. ? Hoettels, rank ? - Vietnam /2 Tours -  Four offspring grandchild with neurological defects  

5. Leo A. Weimer, age 39, Army Specialist – Desert Shield & Desert Storm (yrs.?) – Diag. 2/09: Stage IV Colon/Liver/Lung/Kidney Cancer  

6. Jeff Burum, Major USAF, Chief of Budget Saudi Arabia, Operation Southern Watch, UN Resolutions 687, 688 support, 1993-94. - Surgery gall bladder in 2008 and double neck fusion in 2010 GWS

7. Marilyn M. McAllister, LTC retired, Gulf War Dec 90- June 91, Assigned to HHC 35th Signal Brigade, Attached to XVIII Abn Corps G6 Plans Officer. Jan 91 Basil Cell Skin Cancer. Fatigue, Memory difficulties, Joint pain Diag. as Fibromyalgia 

8. Eugene Vaughn Gill Jr., age: ?, Army SPC, Fuel Handler - Desert Storm / Oct. 1990 - May 1991 - Diag. 9/93: Astrosytoma Clyoplastoma Brain Cancer (stage IV). Died: 6/21/2001 

9. David A. Stover, age?, Master SGT - C-130 Crew Chief 302nd at Peterson AFB in Colorado – Tours: Persian Gulf - Operation Southern Watch - Oman. Afghanistan & Iraq - Baghdad 2004 - Died May 2005 Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma

10. Michael Morrison, age?, Army SGTTours 1: Desert Storm 101st Airborne Division FOB Cobra 2012-2013 Afghanistan Kunduz / Majahi Sharif – Diag. Chronic Lymphositic Leukemia and Small Lymphositic Lymphoma


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  • At Friday, March 23, 2007 10:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My son was a reserve Naval Captain for 18 years, having served in both Desert Storm and Iraq. He was also a flight surgeon with the Marines while overseas. All his annual military physical checkups were negative, including superficial fecal occult blood tests.

    In January, 2006 he was FIRST diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer of the inherited type. All surgeries and chemotherapy were fruitless, and he died just 13 months after first being diagnosed.

    QUERY: When medical histories of active military service people are first taken, and familial colon cancer is indicated therein, why is not that soldier at such high risk receiving annual preventive colonoscopies?
    Symptomless Colon cancer at the polyp stage as detected by colonoscopy can be 98% curable. Since it can strike as early as age 22, why should such soldiers at risk be expected to wait until age 50 for colonoscopies when it will be just too late?

    Had this been done during his 18-year military career, my son would be alive today.

    While it is too late for him, it is not too late to save other young soldiers at risk.

    Considering the billions of dollars allocated for the current war, surely budgetary constraints should be no excuse for inadequate preventive cancer screening for our active military at risk, who so willingly are prepared to lay down their HEALTHY lives for us.

  • At Tuesday, November 27, 2007 2:38:00 PM, Anonymous imsmall said…


    An "up or down" result is fine
    With me, as I have said,
    But--no cheerleader--I decline
    To call black what is red.

    This war, as based on counterfeit
    Causes so was begun,
    Will I call "inappropriate"
    Until the end of sun.

    When earth is but a lifeless char,
    Her molten center cool,
    Then let be known as just this war
    But not before, though cruel.

    The lies that led us to this point
    Belong not to one man,
    With no clear fall-guy to anoint
    Yet so the war began.

    It wasn´t nice to offer lies
    About uranium,
    Or retribution to devise
    By outing spies--but dumb.

    Those mobile weapons labs, you see,
    Were crafted to the story,
    Upon their face imagin´ry,
    But words said "not to worry."

    Like Buddha calming of the seas
    So did the architects
    Of war declare, as they did please,
    While crafting their pretexts:

    "This war will pass within a month
    And all will love us then,
    For we´ve the keys to labyrinth,
    Smarter than other men,

    As those who said (of Vietnam)
    That war is like a tiger
    To ride--when you begin to bomb--
    Dismounting can beleaguer."

    So too the pretext as to stop
    Some nuclear power station,
    It is our own bombs that we drop
    Have caused the worse sensation--

    "Depleted" so uranium
    Is called so as to lessen
    The verbal impact, keeping mum
    While making no confession,

    About how it is our own nukes
    Upon civilian peoples
    Invite now heaven´s stern rebukes
    On dunces ´neath their steeples.

    They did it for the love of Christ
    But it is a perverse zeitgeist
    To claim "these are the bombs of love
    With which take aim warplanes above."

  • At Wednesday, December 05, 2007 11:10:00 AM, Anonymous fuzzyfrog said…

    Thank You for such a wonderful site,
    Welcome Home to all.
    Very few Veterans of Vietnam, The Gulf War and our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are aware of the dangers they face from Dioxin, Chemical and Biological exposure as you state so clearly
    I congratulate you on this site,
    Unfortunately there are thousands upon thousands of Veterans who served in Vietnam and the Gulf Wars who are still sick, dying or deceased from many cancers and sicknesses that are recognized by the VA as related to these above exposures and that these Veterans and their families are also eligible for compensation.
    I invite you to visit the follow website that deals just with Vietnam Veterans that have been proven sick or deceased from AO and are they or their families are receiving compensation for Dioxin exposure in Vietnam.
    There are by the way 43 "Approved" cancers and sicknesses approved by the VA as caused by Agent Orange Dioxins, including second generation illnesses.
    You will find on this website over 3,600 names of Vietnam Veterans who have been proven to be affected by these appalling cancers and sickness, these Veterans are alive and sadly you will notice how many are deceased, yet few sites except for yours and ours seeks to do this to warn these Heroes of the importance
    of receiving yearly full physicals and the fact that many of them are again eligible for compensation.
    Please visit http://silverrose.info, The site is called "The Order of The Silver Rose" it has been endorsed by over a dozen States in America and many Veterans groups. I have personally received the medical records and DD214's of every person listed on this site , they are all Agent proven Orange Victims,
    You are more than welcome to add these names to your website and I know many people working with Gulf War Veterans who have the same lists,
    Perhaps as Brothers and Sisters standing together we can stop this needless loss of life and in the event of illnesses related to these agents make Veterans and their families aware at the very least they maybe eligible for compensation.
    Few know and together we can without a doubt spread the word
    God Bless You and keep up your great work.
    We are here to assist you in any way possible.
    Gary J. Chenett
    National Director , The Order of The Silver Rose 810-714-2748

  • At Sunday, January 20, 2008 1:21:00 PM, Anonymous Spapaanddama@wmconnect.com said…

    I am a chemically wounded Vietnam Vet. Type2 diabetes, stroke entire left side of body , head to toes painful and totally numb. High blood pressure 2 brain tumors, neuropathy 3 limbs, can no longer work 20% from VA, all on appeal, also back injury from fall in Vietnam. GOD BLESS US ALL THE SILVER ROSE GROUP IS FOR REAL ,ALONG WITH THE AO QUILT OF TEARS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FUZZY FROG ALSO SS CLAIM WAS DENIED, WHAT A JOKE ALL I DID WAS SERVE MY COUNTRY HOW UNFAIR< MANY MORE JUST LIKE ME I AM SURE.

  • At Wednesday, March 26, 2008 8:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was diagnosed with aggressive non hodgkins lymphoma upon my return from OIF and was kind of shoved under the rug. Thank you so very much for making a connection and for exposing this area to others whom haven't made that connection

  • At Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Joshua Fitzwater SGT, Age 25(Born 1982) Iraq 16months (4/03 to 8/04). Diagnosed August 2006. Unknown Primary, described as "hepatoid adenocarcinoma" by MD Anderson. AFIP has described as "Poorly Differentiated" Chemo has not been as effective as I would like, surgery seems to aggravate condition. Currently doing IMRT (Radiation). The VA has provided care, but limits the possible treatments and urgency to treat a service connect soldier.

    I started a Yahoo! Group to help share the stories. I still look every day for that beacon of hope from those share the same situation.


  • At Wednesday, March 04, 2009 3:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My son Spc. Travis Bromfield of the US Army served in OIF from 2/05-08/05. While home on his 2 week R&R Travis was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroendocrine carcinoma cancer. Was given 2 months to live with out chemo treatments. He opted for treatment and was givin 1 year survival. Travis was completely healthy before going to Iraq. No health issues what so ever. My son Travis passed away from his cancer on 2/20/07 after a vigilant fight against this deadly cancer. We believe after much research that Travis was exposed to depleted uranium. Travis was a mechanic and served in Bagdad while in Iraq. Travis proudly served for 6 years 8 months in the US Army. There are way to many soldiers being diagnosed with cancer and many passing away from their cancers. Our Gov't needs to wake up and stop using this DU.

  • At Saturday, March 07, 2009 6:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Spc Travis Bromfied's age was 25. I forgot to include it

  • At Friday, May 08, 2009 4:28:00 AM, Anonymous Larry D Long said…

    i did not know several of the soldiers on that list. however, the fact that i knew a few hits really close because these are people i served with during this time . I will be going in to get a physical on monday and knowing what i know now they will run every possible test.
    Spc. Long

  • At Monday, March 29, 2010 5:30:00 PM, Anonymous Ana Rita Ferreira said…

    I am lost for words when I try to write about my cousin, who has been my best friend since I was born and was more of a brother to me. He was diagnosed in Nov. with TWO types of Leukemia; AML and Leukemia Cutis- even more rare. During his first tour in Iraq, he worked as a helicopter mechanic and during his second tour he worked as a Hazardous Material Handler. His doctors had never seen Leukemia so aggressive and progressive. My cousin fought hard and stayed extremely positive when day after day he was faced with adversity. I came across this website and he is on the list. His name is Nilton Cacoilo and unfortunately, he passed away on March 11, 2010; at the age of 24, less than 2 hours from his 25th Birthday and on his Mother's Birthday; merely 4 months and 9 days after diagnosis. (please change the color)

    Nilton enriched many lives and will never be forgotten. I support Operation Purple Heart and hope it to be only the beginning of awareness.

    R.I.P Nilt- love you

  • At Tuesday, June 22, 2010 8:49:00 PM, Blogger Rooster said…

    MSgt Sandi Golden-Vest, USAF, 2 tours 45 days in 2003 & 6 in months 2005. I was an Aeromeical Evacuation Technician (Air Crew) so I felw all over the Southwest Asia AOR in & our of numerous locations in Iraq & a few in Afganistan etc.

    I stumbled across this site by mere accident & my jaw dropped. I am in shock. I am a traditional reservists that deployed a lot as a flyer. I was on active duty orders at the time of my diagnosis through a civilian ER & my orders were cancelled the next day when I called in from the hospitial with a preliminary diagnosis. I have had to deal with my treatments without any military assistance. I do not met the demographic to have AML & I am very lucky to be alive.

    It is now 2010 & I am a survivor! Diagnosed with Leukemia (AML) on 9/4/08, my blog www.sandivest.blogspot.com contains journal entries detailing my chemotherapy trials, treatments, tribulations & ultimately my present state "remission".

  • At Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:27:00 PM, Anonymous purple heart said…

    two of my immediate family members have served for the military. One has developed cancer. I am glad I found this blog. It is good to see others that are helping veterans and the problems they have to face. I will be following this blog to stay updated with your activities.

  • At Sunday, February 13, 2011 9:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i served in desert storm and oif 1 and oif 2 and recently been diagnosed and treated for stage 2 throat cancer

  • At Wednesday, March 30, 2011 2:42:00 PM, Anonymous Grunt2011 said…

    Timothy Adams
    4161NE173rd Ct
    Silver Springs, Fl

    2 TOURS

  • At Sunday, May 01, 2011 7:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My husband served in Desrt Storm and Vietnam, he passed away from linitis plastica which is a rare form of stomach cancer...does anybody else know a vet who has been diagnosed with this ?

  • At Friday, May 27, 2011 11:37:00 PM, Anonymous collin nesbitt said…

    Hello my name is SPC Collin J Nesbitt I was deployed to diyala province FOB Warhorse Iraq in 2009 and our vehical was installed with this new electronic warfare anti ied system called warlock green/red a very few where installed as a trial period at first we where told not to turn this system on because it emmits high levels of RF radiation but 7 days later they said it was ok to use they did nothing to this system to change anything so i was confused by how it could go from unsafe to safe i was a driver and spent 12 to 15 hours a day next to this system with it on for months and then i devoloped testicular cancer i recently looked into this company and found out that they are being sued for improper operation of this system in high heat levels me and my wife may never be able to have children due to the cancer and i under went 2 surgeries and 17 radiation treatments that made me very sick. I also pulled this information from the Dept. of labor website 1910.97(a)(2)(i)
    For normal environmental conditions and for incident electromagnetic energy of frequencies from 10 MHz to 100 GHz, the radiation protection guide is 10 mW/cm.(2) (milliwatt per square centimeter) as averaged over any possible 0.1-hour period. This means the following:

    Power density: 10 mW./cm.2 for periods of 0.1-hour or more.

    Energy density: 1 mW.-hr./cm.2 (milliwatt hour per square centimeter) during any 0.1-hour period.

    This guide applies whether the radiation is continuous or intermittent.
    These formulated recommendations pertain to both whole body irradiation and partial body irradiation. Partial body irradiation must be included since it has been shown that some parts of the human body (e.g., eyes, testicles) may be harmed if exposed to incident radiation levels significantly in excess of the recommended levels.
    i also have contact information to other soldiers that where there when we were told not to turn this system on due to RF radiation.

    The united states army is now trying to seperate me with no med board or anything just push me out the door because im non deployable from having cancer i cant see how what they are doing to me is legal in anyway.

  • At Sunday, July 10, 2011 8:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am 40 years old and spent approx. 5 months in Saudi, Iraq, and Kuwait in 1991. Went to the doctor last Wednesday after finding right testicle swollen. Testicle is being removed this Tuesday. Doctor says that will tell them if they have to take the left as well. Just curious if it has anything to do with my service. I seriously doubt it would take 20 years to be affected by my service, but I'm not a doctor or a chemist. My impending future has me just wanting to stay the man I am to support my wife and kids. My motto has always been "I'm not scared". I am scared now...

  • At Monday, October 10, 2011 10:49:00 AM, Blogger baderwoman007 said…

    I was with the 401st EPW Camp in Desert Storm and was in Dharan when the scud missiles hit, killing many soldiers. In addition, many days and nights we had to go into MOPP gear for fear of chemical exposures. I know our chemical alarms went of at least once when we got to our permanent site, initially told they were positive and then false alarm.

    I was diagnosed with a 3 inch goiter on my thyroid about 13 years ago and had half my thyroid removed. Additionally, I was just diagnose with an Atypical (stage II) Meningioma Brain tumor in the left para frontal brain region that was the size of an apricot. My Neuro Surgeon said the tumor had unusual aggressive tendencies and was doing things they don't normally see, like growing into my brain and trying to wrap itself around the blood vessels. There was no mitotic rate (tells how fast the cells divide, the higher the better chance of reoccurance) and no cytologic aytpia (meaning no abnormal cells) yet it was growing into my brain, something that usually only happens when you have abnormal cells.

    I need regular MRI's for the next 10 years and now have seizure activity where the tumor was and debilitating ,migraines.

    I have filed my claim with the VA and we will what happens.

    I likely would not have thought a great deal of it, except after canvasing about 20 of my fellow soldiers and getting 13 or so responses, with 11 of those having health issues relating to thyroid and cysts, I thought there has got to be something there!

  • At Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:41:00 PM, Anonymous Tom Lemley said…

    My dad was joined the Marine Corps right after graduating high school in 1966. After basic training he was off to Vietnam, he was there from 1966 - 1968 in Hue City and Phu Bai.
    During 1968 he was wounded in combat and was sent home, which was unacceptable for not only my dad, but for all his brothers and sisters who were doing there job.
    Go 22 years from when he was discharged he received his Purple Heart. Anyways fast forward 44 years, my dad had 3 children 2 motorcycles and just in the past 7 years found one of two brothers that were given up for adoption when he was about 1 or 2 yrs old. Last week of January 2012 my dad's hands and feet started to swell a few weeks later his forearms swelled up and a few weeks later his arms were completely swollen.
    We took him to the Va in Pittsburgh and they didn't do anything for him, but when they took a biopsy of his right lung they told him to take a couple of deep breaths and decided so that the lung wouldn't collapse. We talked to him about going to Latrobe Hospital where he would be watched 24/7 in case something would happen. The Doctor then told my sister and dad that he had the same symptoms as his other Vietnam Vet patients had and Agent Orange contributed to their condition. May 2 2012 they drained 2 pints of fluid from behind my dad's chest plate and on May 3 2012 they got a piece of the mass that was 4" wide and 1/2 dollar high (pushing on the return artery to the heart, pushing on the outer part of the lung and basically collapsing his esophagus. Well, we (family & a lot of friends who he considered his extended brothers and sisters)lost a Great Father, Honest Friend and a True Marine on May 4th 2012 to Stage 4 non small cell type poorly differentiated carcinoma. Now from the last week in January 2012 until May 4 2012 Stage 4 cancer? Years prior to this he was getting blood work done, tests out the @$$ and nothing? Well, we are going to fight for our father and his brothers and sisters who were exposed to Agent Orange. So much for these ELECTED OFFICIALS CLAIMING TO BE PRO-LIFE! For anyone who might be interested look up Dr. Burzynski on youtube or netflix and watch it.

    Dad, we all Love and Miss you and can't wait until we are reunited one day.

    Semper Fi

  • At Monday, August 27, 2012 4:32:00 PM, Blogger Marilyn said…

    I am LTC retired Marilyn M. McAllister, Gulf War Dec 90- June 91, assigned to HHC 35th Signal Brigade, attached to XVIII Abn Corps G6 Plans Officer. I was one of only a handful of school trained NBC Warfare Staff Officers. I volunteered to assist with chemical monitoring during SCUD attacks. On or about 20 Jan 91, I was outside performing my duties when a SCUD exploded north of my barracks at Tamimi Compound. The debris fell in the direction of Tamimi emitting a brown, yellow, orange cloud that changed colors as it fell toward Tamimi. We had M8 alarm and positive M256 kit tests for GF and mustard agents. I began noticing symptoms of burning skin, excessive thirst, hip and back pain, sweating, photophoria, nausea, dizziness, inability to walk straight, loss of muscle coordination, skin rash, fatigue, inability to concentrate. On 25 January 91 I went to Dr. The ore Miller who diagnosed me with possible anaphylaxis to PB tablets. my skin never healed. The sores got worse over the years and One developed into basil cell skin cancer. I continue to have fatigue, memory difficulties, joint pain diagnosed as fibromyalgia, Gulf War incurred. For years I was shunned by Army doctors when I told them Gulf War made me sick. Twenty years after the war, VA chief finally admitted Gulf War illness is real.

  • At Sunday, September 16, 2012 12:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My Name is Gabriel England, I served in Iraq, in 2003-2004,as a Water purification SPF. I just had surgery last year because i had papilarry thyroid cancer. It is a year after my treatment andi am headed back for another round because i am showing signs of it again. I sadly however just received a letter stating i have no medical insurance from the state anymore. I do not understand how we who have fought and gone to War for this great country can now tell us we are not sick because of anything they did. I am a single mother and i want to live to see her grow. I will get my treatment and more than likely lose my home, and eveything else i own. But i do not have a choice anymore.

  • At Sunday, September 16, 2012 10:59:00 PM, Blogger Kippi said…

    This is a response for Gabriel England. Have you contacted the Veteran's Administration about their covering your medical bills? My son was also in Iraq, and died in 2007 of cancer. Though I don't think he got cancer from Iraq, the Army took care of his medical insurance and covered everything. Although he got his treatment from a VA hospital, who's cancer treatments leave alot to be desired, you might contact one of those in your area. Good luck, and God Bless, Kippi

  • At Friday, October 19, 2012 9:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This response is for Kippi from what I know when a service member is diagnoised while still in service the Military/VA takes care of all their medical issues so I'm assuming your son was still active when he came down with cancer and was medically discharged? And I would'nt rule out your son being exposed in Iraq look how long it took the government to admit Agent Orange.
    Just My Input

  • At Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:38:00 AM, Blogger Jeff Burum said…

    Jeff Burum, Major USAF, Chief of Budget Saudi Arabia, Operation Southern Watch, UN Resolutions 687, 688 support, 1993-94.

    Deployed from McChord AFB, Wa, 62AW to support joint forces enforcing UN Resolutions 687 and 688, to ensure Sadaam was giving up wmds, destroying discovering wmds (chem and bio weapons), not reattacking Kuwaitees, not attacking Kurds. Was in Riyadh, Dhaharan, and Bahrain.
    Came back only to have my body slowly and tortuously dismantled over the last 20 yrs...depression and anxiety, migraine headaches, bruxism and cracked teeth with oral lesions, sleep disorders, chronic pain and fatigue, horrible chest pains and palpitations...had to resign my job as Chief of Budget at USAF Academy and subsequently my commission as I was so sick. Coninued the last 15 yrs hardly working due to chronic pain and fatigue, chest pains, nausea, vertigo, multiple chemical sensitivity severe arthritis in my joints and spine as a CPA but ultimately was told by VA Iin 2012 to stop practice as a result of two surgeries in two yrs (gall bladder in 2008 and double neck fusion in 2010.Was never notified by VA for Gulf War Registry. Moved to LA in 2012 to be with family as a result of enire weakness, and have become worse. I have been in and out of VA and Tricare medical appts, have not even been able to work much since 2008 due to sickness but have finally been diagnosed with GWS Symptoms by the VA. Need another surgery on spine due to cervical degeration, difficult to take care of myself on a daily basis with all the pain and sickness. It continus to be a nightmare, especially after learning that the govt has had this information since 1996 and Sadaam did in fact use chem/bio warfare during and after the first Gulf War and I was directly and indirectly exposed to it. I believe all vets with GWS are entitled to a purple heart.

  • At Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My husband served in Desert Storm. He was a helicopter repairman. He retired in 1994 and in February 2013 was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IV)large T-cell. He died June 2, 2013. He was always telling me of how while in desert storm they flew through the smoke from the burning oil wells. I have been looking and looking for proof or at least other soldiers who have developed this same type of cancer that served during desert storm. If anyone has any more information please contact me at sweetkschick@yahoo.com.

  • At Friday, March 21, 2014 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Angela Johnston said…

    My name is Angela Calhoun, diagnosed with breast cancer stage I I B (IDC) in Feb 2012. I was deployed from Oct 05-Oct 06 in Baghdad, Iraq. No history of breast cancer in my family. Cancer metastasized to my ribs which was found February 2014, so now I'm stage 4. In 2012 I had chemo, bilateral mastectomy (left was cancer side, right prophylactic), and finally radiation. All of my treatments were supposed to have been "over kill", but it still returned. My claim to VA was denied. I had got out of the military in 2008, but wasn't first diagnosed until 2012 at the age of 38 when I found the lump in my breast. Anyone can contact me at angiephnx@yahoo.com

  • At Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My husband, Sgt. Leonard Pitman went to Iraq in sept 2006 came home sept 2007 was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer stage 3 nov 2007 he lost his battle with cancer in oct 2008. My husband told me over and over that some day it would be discovered his cancer was caused from the burn pits they had there. I never questioned them I assumed he meant that Iraq was burning their garbage, I had no clue it was our own government. My husband was healthy as can be when he went to Iraq and came home dying, he was 45 when he passed away. Anyone can contact me at cty2cntry@yahoo.com. Thanks, Linda Pitman....my husband served at Camp Slayer which I believe is by Baghdad airport.

  • At Wednesday, April 09, 2014 6:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Our son, Stephen, Is 28 and is on Air Force “No Point/ No Pay” because he is too sick to work. I watched a healthy young man enter the Reserves in 2005 and he flew air missions on the Galaxy C-5 over 25 times into Iraq. In 2010 he started with unexplained stomach pain that has progressed to an unbelievable stage. He had lost 50 lbs. and was starving to death.All testing both locally and in Boston was not able to garner a diagnosis. It has been determined it is real pain and not psych based. He now lives on Central Line feedings to survive.
    My question is, does anyone else have this symptom? His quality of life is poor. The V.A. OEF/OIF/OND Case manager is desperately trying to help us but I feel the need to also do research.
    Any advice or a point to another source would be greatly appreciated. Nancy Hayes

  • At Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:40:00 PM, Anonymous J. Louie said…

    My husband's story:

    Rommel Tawatao, age 37, Army SGT
    Afghanistan 6 mon (2002-2003), Iraq 12 mon (2008-2009). Diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 11/2012.

  • At Friday, June 27, 2014 2:42:00 PM, Anonymous CPT Justin Fitch said…

    Justin Fitch, age 32, Captain Army Active Duty / Deployed 15 Months Iraq 2006-2007. / Deployed 7 Months Iraq 2009-2010. - Terminal Metastatic Colon Cancer (stage IV)

  • At Thursday, January 01, 2015 12:55:00 PM, Blogger Mike Morrison said…

    SGT Michael Morrison
    Desert Storm 101st Airborne Division 9 months in theatre.
    FOB Cobra
    2012-2013 Afghanistan
    Kunduz and Majah i Sharif
    9 months
    Day after we arrived home from Afghanistan, I was diagnosed with CLL/SLL...Chronic LymphositicLeukemia and Small Lymphositic Lymphoma. I was also diagnosed with sleep apnea.
    I've been on meds for bad headaches for years, had 3 surgeries in 13 years for urethra blockages. The burning of everything in Afghanistan was horrible. And at the time in Desert Storm...the taking of those "untested" drugs that were "supposed" to help in the aid of atropine injectors if one was exposed to harmful chemical warfare.

  • At Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gabriel i too have thyroid cancer had a total thyroid removal. I have hashimoto as well. Served for 9 month's in Kuwait. Would love to talk to you. Hellokittyaz1@cox.net is my email.

  • At Sunday, April 12, 2015 9:42:00 PM, Blogger drayco_ said…

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  • At Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:27:00 PM, Blogger --R. B. STUART said…

    Sorry Draco. I did not remove any comments from the above Draco. Google must have ---RBS

  • At Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:41:00 PM, Blogger --R. B. STUART said…

    DRAYCO Part One:

    I struggled with what to do. I said no I can't do that. They sent me to another "specialist" and he told me there was enough room to remove just the tumor and give me a temporary ileostomy and then reverse it once I healed. I eventually was scared into that and did the surgery. The surgery was July 17th. My mother and father were there before they put me to sleep and took me back. The last memory I had was my mother telling me she'd be there when I woke up. After a 6 hour or so surgery I woke up to my brother in my room. He was upset and told he had something to tell me but didn't know if he should yet. I said tell me. He told me our mother had a severe brain anyurism during my surgery and was now on life support with the chances of her waking up not good. She was taken off life support the next day. I was in such bad shape I couldnt be moved. They left me bleeding internally for 4 days so bad that I had pools of blood in my back, legs, and testicles requiring another surgery. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and then they sent me home. I still hadn't processed my mother was dead. It felt like a horrible dream and the following months were so difficult. In and out of the hospital becasue of complication and infections. I finally came to a point of improving and feeling a little better. It was very hard adjusting to a ileostomy. They cut my abdomen and core muscle to pulled my intestine out and surgically placed it to where my stool comes out of my stomach into a bag. It's was pretty horrible to deal with but I had some hope becasue it was only suppose to be temporary. The time comes to the do the reversal. Now thinking back I shouldn't of done it and everything inside me was telling me not too but the "speaclist" assured me it would be ok and only be a few months of healing. The follwing 2 months were the most difficult of my life. I had no control over my bowels, no quality of life, and no real help from the Army. I was still getting paid luckily but no other support. I started physically Therpay I paid for hoping it would help me. The physical therapist stretched my leg so far it tore where they stitched me back together. I ended up back in the ER with my only option being giving me a colostomy. Basically the same thing as an ileostomy just the colostomy was in the other side of my stomach.

  • At Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:43:00 PM, Blogger --R. B. STUART said…

    DRAYCO Part Two:

    Even with all that the Army still makes my life incredibly difficult. Not approving authorizations for treatments that would actually help me. Making me jump through unnecessary hopes. Won't let me out and medically retire me. They just keep saying the process as started.

    I didn't cover everything but this has been the worst 4 years of my life. Luckily I refused anymore chemotherapy and woke up to what was going on. My oncologist told me I'd be dead in 6 months if I didn't do the chemotherapy he recommend after my surgery 2 years ago. I know with all my heart that is why I am still here to share my story.

    They only let me deal with who they say I can. They won't let me see off post physicians. They have turned my whole unit against me and ruined my career. The last 10 years of my life have been flushed down the toilet and have nothing to show for it. Just permanent scars that will never heal and a permanent colostomy. As well as suffering from radiation cystitis and surgical related complications that I can't really get help with.

    I've found many treatments that I'm having to pay for that have helped me significantly but none of it is covered under my insurance.

    Thank you for this site and for giving me the opportunity to share my story.

    There needs to be more main stream coverage of these stories.

  • At Sunday, June 28, 2015 11:22:00 PM, Blogger Sandra Groom said…

    Please have some one contact me my father served for 28 plus years and May 25th 2014 sadly passed away from double hit B- cell lymphoma Staff Sargent Robert A Groom and we believe that his cancer was caused from his deployments and we would appreciate someone to lead us on the right path towards help proving that his cancer was related to his deployments he went to several FOB's in Iraq and Afghanistan and also not only for my fathers but to get some kind of justice for all of the other men and women and their families that have suffered through any of these illnesses. any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    eagerly awaiting a response
    Dakota Little

  • At Thursday, September 03, 2015 3:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Iraq, 15 month deployment from 2003-2004. Diagnosed at 31 yr. old in 2013 with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.

  • At Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Allen Larsen said…

    I have served in Iraq and Afganistan. I returned from my last deployment to Afghanistan last October. Today I was diagnosed with cancer.

  • At Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:24:00 PM, Blogger Allen Larsen said…

    I forgot to mention a soldier in my command who served with ne in the same camp and returned when I did was also recently diagnosed with cancer.

  • At Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:44:00 PM, Blogger Allen Larsen said…

    SFC Larsen, Kuwait 1991, Mosel Iraq 2010-2011, Jalal a bad Afghanistan 7 months 2014. Diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma which has spread to my lymphatic system. Aggressive.

  • At Wednesday, September 16, 2015 2:42:00 AM, Blogger Kippi said…

    Sadly Allen, that about says it all. My son died at the age of 25 after being diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Cancer after being in Iraq for only 6 months. He lived for a year after his diagnosis..he was my heart.

  • At Sunday, November 01, 2015 12:10:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I was medically retired as a sergeant from the army in 2012. I need help I was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoma lukemia with a mutation, I served in Iraq from 2003-2005 time frame and was exposed to bio Chem warfare as well as burn pits while in Ar ramadi, Iraq. I feel that like before the VA will try to cheat me out of making this a service connection. Please help me sgt.johnny.h@gmail.com

  • At Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:57:00 AM, Blogger Christin said…

    Number 52 Kirk Stowell age 25 was my brother he now is passed he died on jan 26, 2016 at the age of 30 years old. He had a rare form of liver cancer name Fibrolamellar carcinoma

  • At Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:57:00 AM, Blogger Christin said…

    Number 52 Kirk Stowell age 25 was my brother he now is passed he died on jan 26, 2016 at the age of 30 years old. He had a rare form of liver cancer name Fibrolamellar carcinoma

  • At Friday, September 02, 2016 8:24:00 PM, Blogger Brian Homer said…

    Hello My name is Brian Homer I was in 2/12 Cav and deployed to Iraq from January 2004 to march of 2005. I have been diagnosed with testicular cancer stage 1 I went to Camp victory north and Camp Stryker I served in combat operations there and in Taji as well as falluja for operation phantom fury and then to camp dog wood in the Anbar Provence digging up weapons caches and blowing them up I left the Army in June of 2005 with the rank of Sergeant E5. I go back to have ct scans done to see if it has spread or not. My MOS was 19K20.

  • At Wednesday, September 28, 2016 2:01:00 PM, Anonymous Zach Merrill said…

    My name is Zach Merrill. I was a Marine with Lima 3/25 in Iraq's Al Anbar province in 2005. I have just been recently diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia after having a horrible spell at work a few weeks ago where my body started breaking down on me out of nowhere. After my shock has subsided, I had one of my employees come up to me and give me his cousins number saying "he handled depleted uranium rounds and got lymphoma, you need to give him a call". This sparked my interest to say the least and now I've been online all day seeing forums such as this one relating time in certain areas of Iraq to various forms of cancer and leukemia depending on what you were doing I suppose. I was an infantryman that was around several burn pits and have actual vivid memory of handling depleted uranium jacket .50 caliber shells while helping out my fellow Marines in who were attached by way of amphibious assault vehicles. I recently just called my county veterans service commission to let them know I want to come in and add to my existing claim the CML I now have. I don't know what to do other than that. Are there things I should say besides what I have told you all? Is there someone I should call that can help me through this? Will they even service connect it? This is all so new and to say the least stressful to me so any help would be much appreciated. It boggles my mind that the government(I know nothing should surprise me from them) hasn't even acknowledged this yet or if they have, they've done nothing about it. If anyone can be of assistance I would greatly appreciate it. Email is zacharymerrill85@yahoo.com. Thanks for any feedback.

  • At Monday, December 19, 2016 2:00:00 PM, Blogger Angela M Duncan said…

    Specialist Angela Duncan Fort Campbell KY Deployed to 2003 Camp Penn Kuwait, Mosul Iraq Burn pits and smoke attacks, papillary thyroid carcinoma had a total Thyroidectomoy and lymphnodes removed 2014 there was a large amount of cancer growing.


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