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The Library

We Must Stop The Suffering Of

The Library
The Library is to be an archive for the storing of all relevant information regarding the suffering of Australian Veterans. 

Jason Harrison:  ​Founder & Editor of The Library.

Email: [email protected]

The First Focus : Benzene Exposure (Toxic Jet Fuel)

I struggle to deal with the idea that the people who have fought and died for this country, those that stayed inland to maintain a healthy Defence Force, those that cared and looked after all those men and women on these project in the RAAF and ADF could struggle to receive help and recognition after their service.
After reading Dan Oakes & Sam Clarks articles and the ABC's 7:30 Report regarding the exposure of toxic jet fuels (Benzene) JP-8, I was deeply troubled.
No Veteran should have to drastically remain worried about their families from them passing earlier then they wanted to and being unable to work, unable to leave their families with nothing. It saddens me to see the Department of Defence and the Department of Veteran Affairs appear very dismissive regarding the topic of Jet Fuel and it's exposure amongst Veterans.

I will leave a few quotes along with a link to this Dan Oakes & Sam Clarks article as it says it best.
I will place more documents and videos in the future as well as the hope that I can track down some Veterans and hear their stories. We need a grassroots campaign to raise the awareness of this situation and try to help all those suffering. Too many Veterans feel forgotten, the RSL need to do more than supply cheap drinks. Too many suicides last year and too many sick symptoms common around Veterans that worked on Aircraft and Fueling projects as well as towns peoples living situated close to RAAF bases throughout Australia.

"The ABC has spoken to dozens of former Army, Navy and Air Force personnel who were exposed to jet fuel - commonly known as AVTUR or JP8 - and other fuels and chemicals as a result of their service.
They served in areas ranging from the Army petroleum operations unit, to Air Force fuel farms, to Navy helicopter maintenance.

The eras in which they served range from the mid-1960s to the present day.
Many of them say they are suffering from a common suite of symptoms; including, depression, anxiety, skin conditions, erectile dysfunction and gastrointestinal complaints, such as irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis.

Others have suffered and died from potentially deadly blood cancers, such as acute myeloid leukaemia and multiple myeloma, both of which have been linked to benzene exposure.
Another additive to jet fuel, an icing inhibitor called FSII, has been identified as being of significant concern.
RAAF safety guidelines from 1987, obtained by the ABC, described it as "highly toxic" and said it could damage the kidneys, bone marrow and central nervous system.
The guidelines also state personnel should not use the fuel for cleaning parts or weapons - a common practice, due to the fuel's degreasing properties - unless they were wearing an apron, gloves and full face respirator."

"After the Jet Fuel Exposure Syndrome report was released, Defence urged anybody who believes they have suffered illness from as a result of exposure to fuel to make a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

However, many of the current and former personnel the ABC has spoken to have told of their frustration at dealing with the Department.

They said the statements of principle, the guidelines Departmental officers use to decide whether the illnesses are linked to Defence service, are restrictive and unfair, making it very difficult to show that health conditions are linked to exposure to any particular chemical.

Ms Henry's husband Allan's claim that his leukaemia was linked to exposure to Benzene was rejected a number of times, before finally being accepted - 18 months after his death.
One DVA officer even told him there was no benzene in jet fuel, which was factually incorrect."

"Some also say Defence has been aware for many years of the dangers of fuel exposure but did not enforce the workplace precautions necessary to protect Defence personnel.

The defence has made ex-gratia compensation payments to people who worked on the infamous F-111 deseal/reseal project and suffered from depression, skin complaints, gastrointestinal problems, erectile dysfunction and an increased risk of cancer.

The project involved climbing into fuel tanks, dissolving the sealant within the tanks, and then re-sealing them with another substance.
Defence and the Government said people who worked on the project were exposed to a unique mixture of chemicals, including the solvent and a sealant.

Former and current Defence Force members have unsuccessfully pleaded with Defence to widen the study to include the thousands of other servicemen and women who worked with fuel."

By the National Reporting Team's Dan Oakes and Sam Clark
Updated 30 Jun 2015, 9:16pm

Hazardous Materials and Substances
In the RAAF
(From the Australian Armourers Association)

"The following list was sent in by Norm Andrews for information regarding possible Claims to DVA (Department of Veteran Affairs), This is a list of Toxic Substances"

You will find the document in the link below:

Jet Fuel (Benzene Kills)!