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Tom Kovach was a law enforcement supervisor in the United States Air Force. After serving more than 16 years, he was illegally discharged. He got no retirement, nor even a medical review board (for injuries in a high-speed parachute malfunction).
While on patrol late one evening -- less than a week after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and thus the base was on high alert -- Tom and his patrol partner saw lights in a part of the base that should have been unoccupied. They investigated. They saw the base commander and his chief civil engineer supervising the illegal dumping of chemically-contaminated water. A crew was using a fire truck to pump the contaminant over the base fence and onto adjoining civilian property. The water ran downstream to a reservoir that is part of the drinking supply for nearby communities. Tom blew the whistle, and thus lost his career. When the money ran out, so did his first wife. On two occasions, the former staff sergeant became homeless.
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Now, more than 27 years later, an investigative reporter for the Huffington Post has revealed that people are still getting sick from the contaminated drinking water.
The City of Newburgh, NY, has estimated that it will cost them $43-million to build a specialized filtration plant that is designed to remove this very persistent chemical. (The main compound is called PFOS.)
With your help, Tom can travel to Federal court and speak the truth as a key witness against the corrupt commander that ordered the dumping.
Almost three decades after the incident, the public is still being deceived. (To learn more, use the hashtag #NewburghNYwaterScandal.)
NOTE: Newburgh is located only 55 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan. So, this chemical could affect more people than the "Agent Orange" scandal from the Vietnam War.
With enough help from you, Tom will also produce a documentary video about the incident and its aftermath.
(Because of the nature of putting together such a documentary (buying equipment & software, travel, etc.), your contributions are not refundable. So, only give if you truly support this cause.)
The chemical has been affecting Tom's health for many years, but the pace seems to be increasing. So, the need is more urgent now than before. Please help Tom tell this story while he still can
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PS: If there is money left over after making a documentary about the #NewburghNYwaterScandal, then Tom can afford to begin work on a documentary about his eight years of working in a VA hospital. (There are many good people working in the VA, but corrupt acts by a few at high levels can wipe out a lot of good.)
Tom was on active duty two different times. In between, in addition to his "weekend" service in the Air National Guard, Tom was a deputy sheriff in the Binghamton, NY, area.