BENEFITING: THE SERGEANT THOMAS JOSEPH SULLIVAN CENTER
Are there really toxic wounds?
The Department of Defense thinks so -- albeit belatedly and narrowingly focusing on lung health. THIRTEEN YEARS after our troops first deployed in Afghanistan and ELEVEN YEARS after our troops first deployed in Iraq in the post-9/11 era, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on in early 2012 asked his experts to "address deployment-related pulmonary health issues and recommend a comprehensive approach for health assessment and disease prevention..."
Why is the Sullivan Center important?
Because we stand up for those veterans whose illness has been trivialized and denied for over a decade in this post-9/11 era. Our mission is to let veterans know the American public supports them with more than words and token gifts, that we are is willing to bear the cost of giving them back their lives.
Why have we taken on this cause?
Because we know the Soldiers and Marines who are suffering and dying -- and you should, too. One of those Marines was my son, Tom Sullivan. He has a face you should see (attached); he had a wife and child. He grew up in a suburb of Washington DC. You know boys like Tom.
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 in a highly polluted environment. He died of undiagnosed pneumonia and had severe undiagnosed lung and heart damage. 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.
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.