Veterans Exposed to ‘Black Goo’ Asked To Come Forward

This month the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that service members who were deployed to an Uzbekistan base used after the 9/11 attacks may have been exposed to a toxic “black goo” and are now requesting that they come forward to get help.

According to an article published by, VA secretary Robert Wilkie told reporters that “Several years ago our soldiers, sailors, airmen, in particular, started seeing ‘black goo’ come up from the ground. We are working with the Department of Defense to get to the bottom of that,”

Last year it was reported that the Pentagon had knowledge of contamination at the Karshi-Khanabad, the Uzbekistan base known as “K2,” before it deployed thousands of service members there. In addition to the “black goo” which is assumed to be fuels and other solvents, the base had also been contaminated by enriched uranium and chemical weapons remnants.

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability