Members of the Special Operations Forces are in need of further support due to their service-connected exposure to toxic substances. SOF members are diagnosed with over 50 types of cancers at rates two to three times that of the civilian population. More than half of these cancers are “rare” cancers, meaning there exist no targeted therapeutics to treat their illnesses.
Thankfully, the Honoring Our PACT Act, which includes the much-needed Camp Lejeune Justice Act, is likely to hit the Senate floor this month. This comprehensive package includes both healthcare and presumptives for disability for SOF members suffering from illnesses incurred during service, while rectifying the long overdue injustice to victims of Camp Lejeune’s toxic water.