Fort Ord was established in 1917 as an Army field artillery target range and was located on the Monterey Bay coast line. During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, this base housed as many as 50,000 troops. The base closed in 1994, but the Army did keep about five percent of the property. This portion of land became the Presidio of Monterey annex and reserve center. The rest of the site is now an outdoor recreation park, called the Fort Ord National Monument.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|PFAS (Firefighting Foam)||Potential Effects||-||-||Testicular cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Prostate cancer|
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.
If you were stationed at Fort Ord during military service and later experience adverse health effects, you may be eligible for compensation.