The Marine Corps base in Yuma was first established in 1928 and became an air base during World War II. At the time, it was one of the busiest flight training centers in the United States. After briefly closing after the war, the base once again became active in 1951. Since then, the bases main goal has been aerial weapons training for the Navy and Pacific Fleet Marine Forces. The Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 and Third MAW units are also present. Currently, there are nearly 4,000 service members and almost 7,000 family members living on base.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Asbestos||Potential Effects||Pulmonary fibrosis, Pneumoconiosis, Pleural disease (effusions,plaques,thickening), Asbestosis||Stomach cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Immune suppression, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA||Ovarian cancer, Myelodysplastic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Melanoma, Lymphoma non Hodgkin's, Laryngeal cancer, Colorectal cancer, Bladder cancer, Adultonset Leukemias|
|Dichloroethene (DCE)||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Potential Effects||Acute hepatocellular injury (Hepatitis)||Scleroderma, Renal (kidney) cancer, Psychiatric disturbances, Lymphoma non Hodgkin's, Hepatocellular cancer (Liver cancer), Fetotoxicity (Miscarriage/spontaneous abortion; stillbirth), Decreased Coordination/ Dysequilibrium, Cirrhosis, Childhood Leukemias, Cardiac congenital malformations, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA, Arrhythmias||Trigeminal neuropathy, Testicular cancer, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's phenomenon, Prostate cancer, Peripheral neuropathy, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic cancer, Oral clefts (cleft lip and palate), Neural tube defects/CNS malformations, Nephrotic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Lung cancer, Low birth weight/Small for Gestational Age, Immune suppression, Hodgkin's Disease (lymphoma), Genitourinary malformations (includes cryptorchidism, hypospadias), Cognitive impairment (includes impaired learning, impaired memory, and decreased attention span), Choanal atresia, Cervical cancer, Brain cancer adult, Adultonset Leukemias, ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity, Acute tubular necrosis|
If you lived or worked at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station and experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible for compensation.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.