TOXLAW.com – FOX – Mold Sick Military Family – Will DOJ use ACOEM again?

May 27, 2009

Daniel Novick – KFOX News Weekend Anchor/Reporter

EL PASO, Texas – Sick children in Ft. Bliss housing: that’s what one soldier’s wife claims and now she says her child will never be the same because of the home they lived in on post.

In September, 2006, the Wesley family moved into their home in the Van Horne neighborhood at Ft. Bliss. For the next two years, 3-year-old Calina went from perfectly healthy to a hospital regular.

“She has up to 120 seizures a day. Now mind you they last between three to five seconds and we don’t always see them, but some of them last longer,” said Calina’s mother, Melissa Wesley.

The seizures combined with dozens of other health problems, such as trouble breathing, cut off oxygen to little Calina’s brain.

“She is now stuck at about 2 and a 1/2, 3 year old age mentally. And she’s getting ready to turn 6,” Wesley exclusively told KFOX.

Wesley blames it all on her home at Ft. Bliss. During her time there, she found black mold growing, lead paint chipping, and a long list of other problems.

“It wasn’t just my child, it was my next door neighbors, it was the lady down the street, it was the parent around the corner, everyone was having issues with their kids being sick,” she said.

As KFOX was the only station to report, between Aug. 12 and Aug. 14, 2008, KFOX did a series of stories about problems with the homes in the Van Horne neighborhood and their impact on the health of soldiers’ families.

“I want nothing more than my daughter to be healed and to have a normal life, but I don’t want someone else to have to go through what we’re going through either,” said Wesley.

Other members of Wesley’s family also had health problems during their time living in the home. Wesley is certain her old home is to blame, because neighbors she spoke to went through the same thing, children perfectly healthy before moving in and leaving with a series of health problems.

KFOX contacted both Ft. Bliss and the private company that owns the homes in the Van Horne neighborhood, Balfour Beatty.

Ft. Bliss officials never returned any of our calls, and Balfour Beatty representatives did get back to us, but did not give us a comment by deadline.

Wesley would like anyone who has had a similar experience with Ft. Bliss housing to e-mail Melissa Wesley.  Please also e-mail KFOX weekend anchor/reporter Daniel Novick or call him at 915-834-2145.

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Video deposition of Bruce Kelman describing expert witnessing for the Department of Justice against claims of illness in sick military families.

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Bruce Kelman literally laughing at the thousands of citizens who have requested a Congressional Oversight and Government Reform hearing into the conflicts of interest of ACOEM, US Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Justice.

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7 Responses to TOXLAW.com – FOX – Mold Sick Military Family – Will DOJ use ACOEM again?

  1. melysaanne says:

    Ben, I am very sorry to hear about what you are going through and there still are many problems with the mold issues and BB. You should not be having to pay for that out of your pocket. Another family had moved out of their on post housing just to have the husband court martialed, drop in rank, etc. They pcs-ed to another post and they even tried going after him and his family there. My daughter is very extremely ill. Way worse then when this story aired. All of it points back to when we lived in that house on post.

  2. katy says:

    Ben,
    So sorry to hear this is happening to you and your family. This has been going on for faaaar too long. Our military men and women put their lives on the line to protect the safety of our children, yet the government does not seem to give a damn about the health and safety of their children. Instead of help, many times the military families receive retaliation for stating the military housing is making their children sick. THAT is a strong indicator of a sick government.

  3. Ben Votaw says:

    I am a current active duty Army sergeant living in a balfor beatty house here at Fort Bliss and have just uncovered mold today inside my home. It is there amongst other areas and after contacting the housing managers from balfor beatty I have been told that it’s “no big issue”. I am paying out of my own finances to house my family in a hotel and am having a mold removal specialist come in OUT OF MY OWN POCKET due to the complete lack of any responsibility for this issue the balfor beatty housing manager Lauren from the Logan Heights community is assuming. I am writing my congressman and am extremely appalled that this is allowed to exist in family housing procured by the military for it’s members from a private contractor whom should be taking complete care of the residents for the contract money they are receiving.
    Melissa, I am truly sorry to learn of what your family has had to endure and am very thankful that we were able to find this issue this early into our lease.

  4. Jesse Pahman says:

    You know what’s sad, this is still happening, at not just at Ft. Bliss, many other posts BBC manages have the same issues, check this out:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xixdn4_special-assignment-mold-at-fort-gordon_news
    Watch the video, then get ALL the details here:
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/SupportTheSheltons

  5. skye says:

    hey melissa, I hope you can read this, but I couldn’t get the email to work on my mac so im trying here. I am having problems with bliss housing as well with possible toxic black mold and they refuse to test for it. So if you can offer any help can you please email me? Even advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  6. How could any Respectable Judge go along with the ACOEM’s Mold Statement Paper. Here, read this and wake up, before it really is too late:

    Why do so many Military Bases have Fungus?

    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-Bio19Tuat01-t1-body-d4.html

    The ‘Kerosene Fungus’ has become of importance because of its association with aviation fuels.
    Interest in this fungus was first aroused by reports of its occurrence in storage and aircraft fuel tanks containing aviation fuel in the early 1960’s. Until the mid-1960’s, however, a certain amount of secrecy or mystery surrounded the problem of microbial growth in fuels because much of the work was done at defence establishments or in technical laboratories and most reports were difficult of access.

    Publicity could, perhaps, have resulted in public panic.
    ———-
    Well guess what? The ACOEM has really taken the Justice System for ride, and the ACOEM is saying hey why not? It was easy money! Well it’s about to backfire, because the Military is now calling for papers for the invention of bio-fuel – Made from … “FUNGI” Yes Siree Judges and Attorney’s the air will be thick, breath those Mycotoxins in…..
    The ACOEM needs to get busy on another “Statement Paper” or I’m investing in the makers of Benadryl and the GAS MASK Market!

  7. Melissa Wesley says:

    I am not worried about the DOJ coming after us. I’m not going after the DOJ.

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