|United States sailors were exposed to radiation during a rescue mission following the Japan Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown on March 11, 2011. All 75–100 first responders are now sick from radiation poisoning after rushing to help Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. Furthermore, the offspring of those who have been affected have also been determined to be at risk.Nearly 250 sailors have contacted us and this number is increasing daily. Sailors who were exposed to radiation have developed cancer, leukemia, and a host of medical problems. We believe this is the result of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) negligently and intentionally hiding the truth about the dangerous levels of radiation releases.
The Sailors’ Stories in Their Own Words
1. Male Sailor,, Age 35:
“I currently suffer from: progressive ascending muscle weakness which has left me 100 percent wheelchair dependent, switching between my manual and power wheelchairs dependent on the day; neurogenic bladder, resulting in self-catheterization every 4 hours; migraine headaches; short-term memory impairment; muscle spasms; and depend on my wife for assistance with activities of daily living.
2. Female Sailor, Age 26:
“Since returning from “Operation Tomodachi” I have had ulcers, H Pylori infections, stomach issues, severe nausea, weight loss, terrible migraines, and my gallbladder removed.”
3. Male Sailor, Age_23:
“Upon my return from Operation Tomodachi, I began losing my eyesight. I lost all vision in my left eye and most vision in my right eye. I am unable to read street signs and am no longer able to drive. Prior to Operation Tomodachi, I had 20/20 eyesight, wore no glasses and had no corrective eye surgery….I know of no family members who have had leukemia.”
4. Female Sailor, Age 24:
“I learned that I was exposed to radiation during “Operation Tomodachi” when, in April and May of 2012, I lost consciousness on two separate occasions, resulting in a fall to the ground, which broke my nose….I was then sent to a Navy Neurologist in San Diego, who diagnosed me with Oligoastrocytoma Brain Cancer. The doctor identified a two centimeter by three centimeter (2 cm by 3 cm) brain tumor in my left frontal lobe; it was grade two.”
5. Male Sailor, Age 37:
“I was exposed to radiation during “Operation Tomodachi” during my station in Japan. My doctor… has been requesting blood tests and physical checkups at the , and I am also being treated at the Active Duty and Mental Health clinics. My son, who is just fourteen (14) years old, was diagnosed with ALL, “Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia,” in January of 2013.
6. Female Sailor, Age 28:
“During “Operation Tomodachi”, I began having migraine and sinus issues. I am being treated….for the migraines and sinus problems. I am being treated… for Anxiety.”
7. Male Sailor, Age 29:
“After my return from “Operation Tomodachi,” in September of 2011, I began to experience pains up and down the right side of my body, as well as terrible pains in my left testicle, as if I had been hit with something….These tests determined that I had cancerous tumors in my blood and testicle; they determined that it was “Seminoma Cancer.”
8. Female Sailor, Age 25:
“Upon my return from “Operation Tomodachi” I began having thyroid issues, stomach cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, diarrhea, severe headaches, and digestive issues constantly vomiting. Additionally, I know of no family members who have had all of these issues.”
9. Male Sailor, Age 27:
“During “Operation Tomodachi”, I began getting severe headaches. Immediately after the radiation exposure, I developed a lump on my jaw. Shortly after, another lump developed on my thigh and another between myeyes. In addition, my whole body shakes.”
10. Female Sailor, Age 30:
“During “Operation Tomodachi”, I began having irregular menstrual cycles, “Dysfunctional uterine bleeding”….I started having migraine and asthma issues immediately after being exposed to the radiation. I was treated by 6 different doctors trying to identify the cause of my uterine bleeding with no success.
11. Male Sailor, Age 43:
“After “Operation Tomadachi”, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in late 2012. I had a total Thyroidectomy, received radioactive treatment to remove remaining cancer. I suffer from Hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, weight gain, ankle/joint pain and will require full body scans for the rest of my life.
13. Wife of Sailor:
“My husband, was exposed to radiation particles…assisting in “Operation Tomadachi”, beginning in March 2011…our son who was born on November 14, 2012 at eight (8) months was diagnosed with brain and spine cancer…We were told that our son had Primitive Neuro Ectodermal Tumors (PNET), stage 4 cancer with poor prognosis…”
14. Male Sailor, Age 24:
“During “Operation Tomadachi I was exposed to radiation. Within several days, I was treated for right eye irritation and swollen eyelid…I have had declining hearing loss, declining sex drive, diagnosed with Insomnia, Anxiety, treated for cough and diarrhea, chronic headaches to present and treatment for unexplained abscesses…on my butt and inner thighs….”
15. Female Sailor, Age 32:
“During “Operation Tomadachi” I began having migraine headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, knee surgery, breast surgery and leg surgery to remove unexplained mass from these areas…I have continual anxiety…I am being treated for PTSD…as well as Hyperthyroid condition.”
16. Male Sailor, Age 35:
“Since… “Operation Tomadachi”, I have suffered from…severe migraine headaches, trouble sleeping, feeling tired and sluggish…, trouble remembering things, trouble focusing on and completing tasks, joint pain, tingling in legs, ringing in ears, erectile dysfunction, and occasional minor rectal bleeding.”
17. Female Sailor, Age 24:
“During “Operation Tomadachi”… I began having depression, anxiety disorder, adjustment disorder, ringing in the ears, skin disorders, surgery on my left knee, and irregular menstrual cycles. I am currently being treated…conducting neuro feedback…in endocrinology for the above stated disorders associated with radiation exposure…”
18. Male Sailor, Age 21:
“During Operation Tomadachi…. I experienced depression, anxiety, severe stomach pain, sleeplessness, weight loss and fatigue. I… was subsequently diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. I have also had cyst growing on my thyroid.”
19. Female Sailor, Age 23:
“During “Operation Tomadachi”, I began having nose bleeds…I have been treated…for Grave’s disease and Thyroid associated problems.”
20. Female Sailor, Age 30:
“During “Operation Tomadachi”, I began having allergy and coughing issues, anxiety and depression….I am also being treated…for the recent removal of my thyroid due to excessive nodules.”
21. Male Sailor, Age 27:
“During “Operation Tomadachi”, I began having headaches sinus issues and tired all the time…surgically removed a bone growth on my right scapula… have identified a new lump on my leg….
22. Male Sailor, Age 40:
“I was exposed to radiation during “Operation Tomodachi” when, on the date of the Tsunami….I had to resign from my last job, where I was employed for four(4) months, at Mobile SD in San Diego, CA because my back, neck, and entire right side of my body were cramping up and hurting from sitting in a chair too long. I am being treated…
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In December 2013, Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan admitted for the first time, “the first meltdown occurred five hours after the earthquake.” TEPCO knowingly, willfully, and negligently failed to report the dangerous levels of radiation to the public and to our American naval heroes who performed courageously in the humanitarian relief effort.
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