Army intelligence analyst Elba Barr has been trained to train bit by bit-she is now using this training to sift through a large number of medical records.
Barr told Catherine Herridge, a senior investigative reporter for CBS News: “Since 2013, there have been tremendous medical developments every year.”
Although Barr deployed across the Middle East and Africa after 9/11 to track al Qaeda, she believes that there is no doubt that the most toxic and dangerous place is Karshi-Khanabad, orIt is the former Soviet air base in Uzbekistan and the starting point for classified missions into Afghanistan.
She said: “For me, K2 is a foundation, and will never become a foundation…Danger, there are signs of danger everywhere.”
The 41-year-old mother of two children attributed the four months she spent in K2 to her chronic reproductive health problems.
Barr said: “I have cervical disease and continue to suffer from severe pain, endometriosis. I must have a partial hysterectomy. Last year, I removed two ovaries and found that they both had stage 1 cancer. ”
Barr, one of more than 200 K2 veterans, flooded a Facebook page where members discussed pollution and health issues.
Non-profit organizations that track K2 cases stated that 40% of former female service workers self-reported at least one miscarriage, 8% reported breast or uterine cancer, and 30% reported ovarian cancer or related problems. This stat scared Barr-it made her cry.
Six monthsReveals soil saturated with jet fuel, engine oil, and lubricants, radiation warnings, and previous use of chemical agents.
Mike Lechlitner, an employee of the Ministry of Defense, participated in the early testing of the base. He said that the new information has revealed a lot of information about the base.
“We learned that the Soviets had a chemical weapons purification department near our camp.”
Images obtained by CBS News show that the base is also a dump for old chemical weapons equipment, including protective equipment such as protective masks to block chemical reagents. These masks were found in the “tent city” where troops work and sleep.
Barr said that the CBS News investigation changed people’s lives and gave her a clear understanding of the causes of the medical problems she has faced over the years.
“For most of the ten years, I have been thinking,’Am I going to go crazy?… [the CBS News investigation] done. It verifies the value of all issues in the past ten years. “
Barr now discloses information about her toxic exposure to her children.
Barr said to Herrich: “There is no doubt that I will die early. You think I am not. My loan time is 100%. It doesn’t matter whether it is time related.”
Despite the data, the Department of Veterans Affairs still does not recognize the link between K2 and disease. Barr hopes that the leadership will work harder. Although she and other veterans have suffered, she is sure they will serve them again.
“If you ask us, we will jump again. All we ask is that we maintain the end of the agreement, which is in Virginia, and the Department of Defense is to maintain its contract.”
Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller (Chris Miller) drafted an executive order that will provide medical assistance and economic relief to K2 veterans.The executive order was in its final stage, when the Parliament Building waslast Wednesday. The K2 veterans organization hopes that it will still be signed by President Trump, although they will contact the Biden administration in case no action is taken before the inauguration day.