Every once in a while a true unsung hero emerges within a cause, someone who gives time and energy and never quits. That person is our own Mark Jackson. He will be pissed that we even mentioned him. Mark has lead our Advocacy Team for the last nine months or so. In that time he…

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February 17, 2020 For Immediate Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 16, 2021 Contact: Anela Lingg | 202-228-6519 Sen. Moran Calls on VA Secretary to Conduct Inter-Agency Collaboration to Provide Care for K2 Veterans WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) – along with committee members…

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What does Trump’s order mean for US veterans serving at the Karshi-Khanabad military base? By Zabihullo Saipov Candidate of Political Science, Independent Researcher Original Article Link Between 2001 and 2005, Uzbekistan contracted 75 percent of the 15,777 U.S. servicemen recruited from the air, water, and land to participate in the Afghan counterterrorism campaign, or 11,832,…

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K2 is now officially recognized in US Federal law! Sec. 751 of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct an epidemiological study of the effects of toxic exposure to all K2 veterans. This is a tremendous step forward and all of you made it happen. There’s much more…

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“Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Toxins Act of 2020” September 15, 2020 For Immediate Release: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced this legislation to provide presumptive service connection for veterans exposed to a wide variety of toxicants and requires preventative care and research. This bill will provide recognition, services, and assistance previously denied to many veterans.…

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Senate Bill S. 4429 “K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Act of 2020” August 4, 2020 For Immediate Release: Washington, D.C. August 4, 2020 –  U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation S. 4429 to begin the process of recognizing and helping K2 veterans. This bill will provide health screening…

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Kashi- Khanabad goes by many names. It was commonly called “K2” by those stationed there. The US Army renamed the base Camp Stronghold Freedom in 2001.  US Service Members deployed to Karshi-Khanabad (K2) after the attacks of 9/11/2001; their goal was to provide supply, logistics, headquarters, and a launching point for troops deployed to bring the…

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In 2012 PJ Widener and Mike West formed a private Facebook Group called “K2 Karshi Khanabad, Uzbekistan Radiation, and Toxic Exposures”. They wanted to connect to other military veterans who had served at Karshi Khanabad Airbase, Uzbekistan (K2), during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  Mike had been diagnosed with cancer and had health issues. They hoped that they could lend some moral support to others fighting…

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