On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.”
This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy.
An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.
In this disturbing chapter of The Empire Files, Abby Martin documents decades of experimentation on US troops—from nuclear tests to psychotropic drugs—as well as knowingly exposing them to deadly poisons, from sarin gas to Agent Orange.
Most damning is that the hundreds of thousands of veterans seeking help from the government for the side-effects are always met with lies and denial.
My dad was in Vietnam. He had to walk through Agent Orange. Before the war, he was an healthy fit young man. After the war he started having health problems. He fought for decades to be compensated and even though he earned a bronze star for valor and worked with the FAA, he didn’t start receiving a check until 2002 (and it wasn’t very much money). He was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. They couldn’t find the primary location, spots were everywhere. One day he started talking incoherently and the doctors thought he was having a stroke, they loaded him up with medications to deal with it. He in fact was having seizures and his health declined even further. By the time they realized what was going on, he fell into a coma as the cancer quickly spread into his brain and passed away. His death certificate says “cancer of unknown primary”. I miss him. He was my best friend. I should’ve had another 10 years to be with him.
My served in the Pursian Gulf war. She was exposed to stuff that plagued her when she came back (skin rashes, chronic pain, insomnia). She fought just like your dad for exposure. She died last year from heart problems and we’re sure it’s from the VA not taking her problems seriously. And it’s crazy because she was like a regular in their er. Miss that crazy lady.
After multiple trips to the sandbox and exposure to a lot of unknown stuff in the form of burn pit smoke and transporting stockpiles of “unidentified/classified” things with very ominous warning labels in multiple languages. Life back home is hell, and plagued with all sorts of mystery illnesses. I’m in and out of the hospital frequently, sometimes needing ambulance transport. Im generally very fit, but some days I wake up and am unable to lift myself out of bed. All I can do is roll to the floor and crawl to the bathroom, lacking even the ability to sit up or lift an arm. These things come and go and I will go from perfect health to drooling on myself on the floor, back to perfect health in the span of 24-48 hrs. I’ve had more diagnostics than most people will ever have in a lifetime, and still no one has the faintest clue what is wrong. The most serious of afflictions is mystery vomiting. I go through bouts lasting 10-12 hrs of non-stop forceful projectile vomiting with extreme sweating followed by bone chilling cold. It lasts until I lose consciousness via dehydration and exhaustion and can only be stopped with multiple rounds of high-dose powerful IV anti-nausea medication, often requiring multiple types.