Newly discovered military records, highlighted in a CBS News report, have revealed evidence of rare cancers and other illnesses among U.S. servicemembers stationed at the Karshi-Khanabad Air Base (K2) in Uzbekistan following the 9/11 attacks. These documents, dating back to 2001, describe various hazardous conditions at the base, including radioactive material and severe soil contamination, which pose significant health risks to those exposed. This “smoking gun” evidence supports long-standing claims by veterans and advocates about the dangerous environment at K2, challenging previous denials of such hazards’ existence by military officials.
Despite approximately 15,000 servicemembers passing through K2, the U.S. government has yet to officially acknowledge the link between the base’s toxic conditions and the health issues veterans like Mark T. Jackson have faced. Veterans and their advocates, including those from the Stronghold Freedom Foundation, have been fighting for recognition and adequate healthcare for conditions they attribute to their service at K2. The discovery of these records has bolstered their case, offering hope that the documented exposure to harmful substances like yellowcake uranium and other carcinogens at the base will finally lead to acknowledgment and support for affected veterans.