BENEFITING: THE SERGEANT THOMAS JOSEPH SULLIVAN CENTER
Join me in supporting medical research to give veterans the medical care they were promised when they volunteered to serve us. Join my Marine Corps Marathon Race -- Moms for Veterans Health. Donate to find the cure for the toxic wounds of war.
Are there really toxic wounds?
When you consider all of the chemicals and other toxic substances released during war, it's common sense that they can cause damage. And the Department of Defense agrees -- albeit belatedly and narrowingly focused on lung health. In early 2012, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness asked his experts to "address deployment-related pulmonary health issues and recommend a comprehensive approach for health assessment and disease prevention..." So far, there is only a draft written response to this request -- no recommendations have been implemented -- even though it's been more than a decade since our troops first deployed in the post-9/11 conflicts and were exposed to toxins that can cause severe lung and other damage.
Why has the Sullivan Center taken on this cause?
Because we know the Soldiers and Marines who are suffering and dying from these toxic exposures and we share their belief in America. One of those Marines was my son, Tom Sullivan. He had a wife and child; he grew up in a suburb of Washington DC; he was the boy next door (see attached photos).
Tom deployed to Iraq in 2004-5 and returned with a medal for valor, and serious health problems. Tom died 3 1/2 years later, shortly after his 30th birthday, with lungs described, after his death, as looking like those of an 80-year-old man who lived his long life in a highly polluted environment. He died of undiagnosed pneumonia, had severe undiagnosed lung and heart damage, and suffered from significant GI bleeding and ulcerations. There are thousands like him who were injured in our service and deserve our support.
We founded the Sullivan Center in Tom's name in early 2011 to end the delay in treatment and the trivialization of the toxic wounds of war.
Why should you support the Sullivan Center?
Because we stand up for veterans and support a strong and healthy military. Our mission is to let veterans know the American public supports them with more than words and token gifts, that we are willing to bear the cost of giving them back their lives.
What you can do to help.
Please donate what you can to my MCM Race -- Moms for Veterans' Health. Each dollar you give sends a message of hope to whose who suffer.