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PFAS exposure at Camp Mabry

Located in Austin, Texas, Camp Marby is a military installation that was established in 1892. It is the third-oldest active military base in Texas, behind Fort Sam Houston and Fort Bliss, and was named for Brigadier General Woodford H. Mabry, the Adjutant General of Texas when the camp was founded. In 1966, the military camp was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, Camp Mabry is heavily contaminated with PFAS, a group of toxic fluorinated chemicals, exposure to which can lead to the development of numerous serious diseases. The primary source of PFAS on military bases is the use of aqueous film-forming foam, also known as AFFF, by military firefighters and trainees.

The original 85-acre site of Camp Mabry, which overlooks the Colorado River 3 miles northwest of downtown Austin, was donated by the city to the state in 1892. It was initially a camp, a location where the Texas Volunteer Guard encamped during the summers while hosting mock battles and demonstrations for the residents of Austin. In 1909, the camp was vastly enlarged by the addition of 200 acres of land purchased by the federal government for use in training the state national guard.

However, the presence of PFAS on Camp Mabry makes it a very dangerous place to be stationed at, as toxic exposure is bound to occur among military members, particularly among firefighters and trainees. These chemicals are known as “forever chemicals”, as once they are released into the environment, they persist, which makes it very challenging for agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency to completely remove. Similarly, once PFAS released by AFFF enter the body, they reside there forever, being able to cause awful, even fatal diseases.

What toxic agents were present on Camp Mabry?

Although PFAS are the main toxic agent on Camp Mabry, it is important to know that asbestos is also present on this military base, which only exacerbates the extent of toxic exposure. If you are exposed to asbestos, you may come to struggle with a disease within 20 to 50 years from the first contact with it. Exposure to PFAS also takes quite a long time to result in a disease, as once these chemicals reach the inside of the body, they slowly cause damage to various organs.

Nevertheless, it is essential to know that, if you were stationed at Camp Mabry, you can recover compensation only if your disease is the result of PFAS exposure. Another noteworthy aspect is that, if one of the family members who was stationed with you at this military base comes to struggle with a disease, they are also eligible for compensation.

What diseases can PFAS exposure at Camp Mabry cause?

Cancer is the most serious disease exposure to PFAS can result in. The largest the amount of PFAS in your body, the more likely you are to develop a life-threatening disease. Nonetheless, there are multiple other diagnoses for which you can seek compensation as a veteran:

Because we are aware that the majority of injured veterans who seek our assistance are elderly and in a lot of pain, we will strive to make the legal process as easy as possible.

Atraxia Law can help you find out if you are eligible to file a PFAS claim

With over 35 years of experience in vetting toxic exposure cases, our team is ready to provide you with quality assistance so that you can benefit from the compensation you are entitled to within the shortest time possible.

If you are a family member of a veteran who was stationed with them at Camp Mabry, we can also help you find out if you are eligible to file a PFAS claim. If you meet all the requirements and criteria and you are eligible to file a PFAS claim we will put you in touch with a specialized law firm.

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