Operation Stand Together is fiscally sponsored by Sponsor, Inc.
There are well over a hundred forty United States military installations that have been identified as contaminated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Many of which, were identified after decades of activities and exposures to our nation's military service men and women. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Combat Veterans were exposed to toxins, including Mustard gas and Atomic radiation during World War II, Agent Orange in Vietnam, and the recent burn pits in the Gulf War.
Sadly, many of the affected Veterans are seriously ill, disabled, unemployed, and dying as a result of their past exposures. The effects have caused cancers and disorders involving the following systems: neurological, autoimmune, reproductive, respiratory, hematological, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal.
Toxic Veterans are experiencing a combination of rare disorders and diseases, rather than a single issue. In many cases, the effects of their toxic exposure have been passed on to their descendants. In spite of several efforts to enact necessary legislation that would acknowledge these atrocities and provide the necessary relief and assistance, the majority of legislative bills are ignored and passed over. Each year, thousands of claims filed with the Department of Veterans Affairs are denied.
For many of us, if not all, Operation Stand Together provided hope and an opportunity for our collective voices to be heard. This event was not the end of a 14-month planning effort; but instead, represented the beginning of the next chapter of our collective efforts in this fight. We will continue to move forward and we must all remain dedicated to this fight until all Military-Related Toxic Exposures are identified and every Toxic Veteran and family member is provided the justice that they deserve.