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Senator Marsha Blackburn Calls on VA Secretary to Conduct Inter-Agency Collaboration to Provide Care for K2 Veterans

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) along with U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) urged Secretary Denis McDonough to work with Congress, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to find solutions for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service.

During the 116th Congress, key provisions from Sen. Blackburn’s K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 and Senator Sullivan’s legislation, the K2 Veterans Advocacy Act, were signed into law to collect more research regarding the long-term health of servicemembers who were stationed at Camp Stronghold Freedom at Karshi-Khanabad Airbase (K2) in Uzbekistan.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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U.S. Representative Mark Green Lands Victory for K2 Veterans in Defense Bill

 

U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, the House and Senate released the final agreed version of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that both chambers will vote on. The bill is expected to pass immediately and be sent to the President’s desk.

The NDAA includes critical provisions for our national defense, including Representative Green’s legislation directing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on the toxic exposure of American veterans who served at K2 Air Base in Uzbekistan. 

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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U.S. Representatives Mark Green, Stephen Lynch, Tulsi Gabbard Lead Bipartisan Fight for K2 Veteran

 

U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – This week, a bipartisan group of over 70 lawmakers led by Representative Mark Green (R-TN), Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) wrote to the conferees for the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) urging them to retain a key provision supporting America’s Karshi-Khanabad (K2) veterans in the final NDAA agreement.

The provision, included in the House-passed version of the NDAA, requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on toxic exposure experienced by the American service members stationed at K2 Air Base—a former Soviet air base in Uzbekistan—between 2001 and 2005.

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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Marsha Blackburn, Tammy Baldwin, Dianne Feinstein Introduce Bill to Help K2 Veterans

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act yesterday to help veterans who served at Karshi Khanabad (“K2”) Airbase in Uzbekistan to obtain the health screenings and services they need.

“Veterans of the Fort Campbell-based 5th Special Forces Group and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment groups were deployed to K2 from 2001-2005,” said Senator Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Representatives Mark Green, Stephen Lynch Fight for Karshi-Khanabad (K2) Veterans with NDAA Floor Amendment

 

U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – On Monday, July 13th, 2020,  Representative Mark Green (R-TN) and Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Chairman of the House Oversight National Security Subcommittee, introduced their bipartisan K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act of 2020 as a floor amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

The bill directs the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study the hazards that American service members were exposed to while deployed to K2, a former Soviet Air Base in Uzbekistan, and address the health conditions that may have been caused by these exposures.

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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Representatives Mark Green, Stephen Lynch Introduce Bill Holding DOD, VA Accountable for Veterans’ Toxic Exposure

 

U.S. house of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – Today, Thursday, February 27th, 2020, Representative Mark Green (R-TN) and Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 5957, the K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act of 2020, which directs the Secretary of Defense to assess the toxic exposure of American military service members deployed to Karshi Khanabad Air Base (K2) in Uzbekistan from 2001 to 2005 and address the health conditions caused by this exposure.

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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Pentagon Announces Upcoming Changes to Imminent Danger Pay

 

By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, DC – The Defense Department announced today changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here.

“This is a process that began [in 2011],” he said, and “included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant commands. It was made in coordination with the Joint Staff, combatant commands and military services.”

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army – File Photo)

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New line for coalition forces, new life for Afghanistan

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Balkh Province, Afghanistan – More than 3,000 miles make up the borders of Afghanistan. Yet for all this land, there is not a single view of the ocean, much less a way to receive supplies through the waterways.

For years, Afghanistan and coalition forces have shipped most of their supplies through the Indian Ocean, then trucked through Pakistan before arriving in the south of Afghanistan.

A year ago, nearly three-quarters of everything entering the country came through Pakistan. Now, through a small town in the north, the dynamics are changing. The port of Hairatan is the final stop for cargo destined for Afghanistan through a railroad that starts in central Europe.

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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