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A proposed specialized health facility for those sick from chemical or
toxic exposure, offering traditional and complementary treatments
Remember Rally Organization
• Remember Rally is a 501c3 Non-Profit
• Since 2003, volunteers have held fundraisers
to honor military & the 9/11 rescue workers
Vietnam/Agent Orange
Called Agent Orange because of the color of the
bands around the 55 gallon drums, the defoliant
contained dioxins and classified as a human
carcinogen, builds up and persists in tissues for
years, even decades.
Over 22 million gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed to
‘defoliate’ Viet Nam
80% of the herbicide was sprayed between 1962-1971
It was applied by airplanes, helicopters, trucks and
backpack sprayers
The spray soaked the soldiers, their clothes and food
It occurred in all four military zones
Vietnam/Agent Orange
• Dioxin is a compound found in Agent Orange and has been shown to be
a carcinogen
• The exposure to Dioxins multiplies the chances of cancers, immune
system disorders, liver problems, and more.
• The Veterans Administration and the government has acknowledged 46
cancers and sicknesses related to Agent Orange Dioxins
• Some diseases include: Multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, nonHodgkin’s lymphoma, chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type II, Prostate
cancer, respiratory cancers, soft-tissue sarcoma, Spina Bifida, and more
700,000 military personnel served in this war
30% of those served suffer from chronic multi-symptom
A 2009 study showed that neurotoxins such as anti-nerve
agent pills, insect repellent and the nerve agent sarin
caused neurological changes to the brain, and these
changes seem to correlate with different symptoms.
Symptoms include chronic headache, widespread pain,
memory and concentration difficulties and digestive
Possible adverse health effects may come from exposure
to sarin nerve gas, depleted uranium, anthrax,
pyridostigmine bromide, and the botulinum vaccine
Signs of undiagnosed illnesses related include: fatigue, headache,
muscle or joint pain, neurological symptoms, signs involving the upper
or lower respiratory, sleep disturbances, dermatological disorders,
gastrointestinal symptoms, abnormal weight loss, neuropsychological
symptoms, memory and concentration problems
It took 6 years, 8 months to build
the World Trade Center and it took
102 minutes to destroy the towers
9-11 was the largest disaster on United States soil
Almost 3,000 people were killed
Estimated temperature of the fires burning were 1800 degrees F
Some of the dust was as caustic as drain cleaner
It is estimated that there was 90,000 liters of benzene, 400 tons of
asbestos, 130,000 gallons of PCBs, and 20,000 gallons of jet fuel
9-11 created a variety and combination of chemicals that people have not been exposed
to before. Some contaminants include: Lead, Asbestos, Dioxin, fiberglass, PCBs, Silica,
Cadmium, Mercury, concrete dust, burning jet fuel, PAHs, Chromium, Benzene and more.
A total of 287 chemicals or chemical groups.
Approximately 250,000-400,000 people were exposed
to the toxic plume at the World Trade Center
Symptoms of those exposed include: Asthma, reduced lung capacity,
headache, World Trade Center cough, RADS, chest tightness,
acid reflux, depression, anxiety, oral and skin lesions, memory loss,
Sarcoidosis, Bronchitis, heart disease, alcohol and substance abuse,
and various cancers. The cancer rate is 15% higher than normal for 911 responders.
Hundreds of rescue workers have already died
from exposure to a multitude of toxins
35,000-60,000 rescue workers & volunteers served at Ground
Zero and the Fresh Kills Landfill.
Within 48 hours of the attack, the Fire Department found about 90%
of its workers reported an acute cough
According to the WTC Health
Registry, there are now people
sick in all 50 states
Balad, Iraq, home to what may have been the largest
military burn pit, was about the size of 10 football
In 2007, Army and Air Force health inspectors went to
Balad and measured airborne, cancer-causing dioxins
at 51 times the ‘acceptable levels’.
The burn pits, smoking landfills, typically contained damaged
Humvees, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, plastics,
medical waste and amputated body parts, batteries, oil and
Some of the burn pits burned 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
The black plume caused respiratory problems, headaches and other health issues.
Troops have inhaled microscopic dust particles
laden with toxic metals, bacteria and fungi
which ranges from 1991 with the Gulf War to
current tours.
A registry has been created for U.S. service
members perhaps sickened or killed by burn
pits used throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dust particles, up to 1,000 of which can sit on the
head of a pin, gathered in Iraq and Kuwait contained
37 metals. Some metals have been linked to
neurological disorders, cancer, respiratory ailments,
depression and heart disease. The dust contains 147
different kinds of bacteria, as well as fungi that could
spread disease.
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
According to the Department of
Veterans Affairs 502,546 veterans
received treatment at VA medical clinics
in fiscal year 2012 for primary or
secondary diagnosis of PTSD. PTSD is
considered one of the wars’ costliest
Since September 11, 2001, 2.2 million service members have deployed
to war. Some Vets have served two, three, four and even five tours.
In addition to injuries and PTSD, there are long-term impacts of
hearing loss and traumatic brain injuries.
At the Joint Pathology Center in Maryland, Researchers are investigating an
important medical issue: whether shrapnel embedded in the bodies of U.S. soldiers
can cause chronic health problems. Many veterans, after suffering injuries from
roadside bombs during their tours of duty, carry these fragments in their bodies for
life. Often surgery is risky, or the fragments in their bodies are too small to remove.
Either way, the metallic bits may slowly disintegrate, entering the blood and
reaching vital organs.
Military doctors first became concerned about embedded shrapnel following the
Gulf War in the early 1990’s when they suspected that depleted uranium from tank
munitions was causing kidney damage. In 2008 the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs set up a program to monitor adverse health effect from more than a dozen
metals-including lead, copper, and cadmium-found in the urine of over 8,000
shrapnel victims.
A proposed specialized health facility for those sick from chemical or
toxic exposure, offering traditional and complementary treatments
Diane Sherwood, President
Remember Rally, Inc.
404 E. Oakland Ave.
Luverne, MN 56156
(507) 283-4194
[email protected]

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