I loved serving my country, fighting the war in Iraq was easy, but now… battling this war on ‘cancer,’ alone, and forgotten, really, is what is hard.
The VA PACT Act – covering pre- and post-9/11 military veterans who may have been exposed to toxic burn pits while deployed and now face medical illnesses and cancers as a result. Apply now.
Not many will fight cancer three times, face over ten invasive surgeries to clear cancer in five different organs and still smile and commit to serving others.
Navy Public Health found that the known toxin and probable carcinogen, TCDD, was found at a rate of 500-times the safety exposure limit established by the EPA at Camp Kinser, Japan.
Major Tidwell began experiencing muscle weakness and slurred speech that wouldn’t subside, and in the fall of 2019, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The disease had progressed rapidly, taking away Major Tidwell’s ability to speak and the use of his arms, hands, and legs.