Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee Following Cdc Report of Wurtsmith Veterans Exposed to Dangerous Chemicals


Date: Nov. 18, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Veterans

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a report that veterans serving at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Mich. were exposed to carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC):
"Today's report confirmed what many veterans serving at Wurtsmith feared, that during their service they were exposed to dangerous chemicals in their drinking water. It's the Air Force's responsibility to make sure those exposed to these harmful chemicals have access to the health care they need. Since the Air Force has not acted, I have introduced the Care for Veterans Act to provide health benefits to veterans who were exposed to VOC chemicals at Wurtsmith. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to protect service members from VOC chemical contamination at military bases."