Sgt. Brian Alvarado, U.S. Marine Corps
Before I graduated HS in 1999, (I) Brian Alvarado decided to enlist in the US Marine Corps as digital transmission equipment operator. I arrived San Diego Recruit Depot in September of 1999. Upon my return from deployment in Iraq in 2006, 8 months later, I was feeling sick. In 2007 I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. In 2008 I started treatment which consisted of chemo and radiation. By July of 2008 I went into remission. In May of 2010, I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease called Dermatomyositis which affects the skin and muscular system. In 2015, I started having breathing issues due to the inside of his neck swelling up. Only option was to do a tracheostomy. Till this day the VA cannot give an answer as to why the internal swelling of my neck. I am also on a feeding tube and I only weight 111 lbs. at 5’9. We don’t seek to blame we seek answers and the proper help for us all. As I sit here and think of what to write about what you can do for us the veterans who are suffering from the exposures of the Burn Pits, I think of the widows and their children of so many who are not being taken care of. We need to do better and take care of those who gave everything for this beautiful country and our people.
Too many of us continue to fight this battle for our lives on a daily basis. Our quality of life is a daily struggle one way or another for each of us “it’s different but it’s the same fight”. Don’t just ask what your troops can do for your country, ask them what we can do for them when they come back…A question that is never asked.