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Exposure To Jp-4, Jp-5, Jp-8 And Diesel Evidence


My recent denial for COPD says that JP-5 could not cause respiratory problems. I was exposed daily for 3 1/2 years.

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) shows that Jp-5 and other jet fuels can cause chronic respiratory disease.



Inhalation : May cause nose, throat, and lung irritation. Central nervous system (brain)

effects may include headache, dizziness, loss of balance and coordination,

unconsciousness, coma, respiratory failure, and death. Burning any hydrocarbon

as a fuel in an area without adequate ventilation may result in hazardous levels

of combustion products, including carbon monoxide, and inadequate oxygen

levels, which may cause unconsciousness, suffocation, and death.

Chronic exposure Similar products produced skin cancer and systemic toxicity in laboratory

animals following repeated applications. The significance of these results to

human exposures has not been determined - see Section 11 Toxicological


Target Organs : Respiratory system, Eyes, Skin, and Irritation from skin exposure may aggravate

existing open skin wounds, skin disorders, and dermatitis conditions. Chronic

respiratory, cardiovascular, and liver disease may be aggravated by exposure.

Force Health....Military Vehicle and Aircraft Exhaust....Shows JP-5 causes chronic bronchitis (COPD)



In general, short-term exposure to exhaust can cause

irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, lightheadedness,

dizziness, and chest tightness. Long– term

exposure to exhaust can aggravate heart or lung function

causing bronchitis or asthma. For those exposed over

months or years, exposure may also increase risk of heart

disease and cancer.

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On 3/13/2019 at 5:30 PM, Wschultz.spi said:

I and the crew of the USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) were all exposed to JP5 in 1991.  The sounding tube for the for the JP5 tank passed through a potable water tank. The sounding tube rusted out contaminating our water source. We ate, drank, bathed and wore JP5 for just under 2 weeks. Currently I'm dealing with headaches, hand tremors and a thyroid issues since 2002. I'm hoping others can give helpful feedback and possible insights. 

I got sick from petro chemicals on active duty and got sick (on active duty and later developed pancreatic disease along with the diseases you mentioned). My appeals went through the BVA and is the remand hamster wheel. If you want to discuss further let me know. Anyone  or those that know my posts, knows I have been in this fight for decades. I wish I had an outcome to help others, but until this is settled, I can't say what works. If I say something that is not 100% correct, or an opinion, it could cause others more pain, so I will wait until this is settled if ever. It should be very close as my BVA hearing with the judge was several years ago. He kept remanding my case back to the R.O. telling them to do their job. I am very jaded and bitter from the VA. But, I bet it is a high percentage that got this way from the B.S.



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Stretch, I my book, all these different fuel's are very dangerous! Just like Agent Orange. Once again they put you in harm's way with the material you have to work with!

They are so good at the two step! Dance around and hope you go away.

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I slept above jp 5 for two years. Let me tell you that nothing impresses the ladies More than your clothes reeking of au de jp5. Been trying to

Read up on jp5. Thanks for the info.

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I often wondered about the effects of having worked with JP5 in the boiler room while cleaning boiler equipment. I got out of the Navy in 1971 my end of enlistment medical exams showed no heart problems. In 1982 I was diagnosed with a heart murmur that doctors say is hereditary. The type of heart problem I have is hyertrophic cardiomyopathy and doctors say that it runs in some families. I have checked with family members and no one recollects anyone having this same problem within the family. The heart problem did not show up prior to my enlistment and has been of great concern to me and my family

Let me ask if there any others out there if they have heart problems the same as mine who were exposed to JP5 and now have a heart murmur. Thanks.


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after all my appeals go through, I will comment on any and all ratings, approvals, denials, etc, for the following petro-chemicals:

1-Gasoline (Leaded and Unleaded)

2-Diesel fuel/oil

3-Jet Fuel JP-4 mostly, though I had some contact with JP-5.

4-Trichloroethylene -cleaning printing presses.

note: I not only was exposed, but was soaked in these chemicals daily.


1 (AFSC) (Fuels Specialist) - Fuels for vehicles and aircraft, storage, transfer, distribution, testing, etc...

2 (AFSC) (Reprographics Specialist) used chemicals to clean printing presses all day every day..

Short write-up on getting sick on active duty:

While working with fuels, I got sick with severe headaches, swollen limbs, gastritis.

The doctors determined it was the chemicals, they removed me from working with chemicals. I spent a few weeks doing anew job in communication, in a weather squadron. After just a few short weeks, I got new orders to work in repro-graphics, and had to work with chemicals all over again. The same symptoms came back and got worse, with my limbs swollen, sometimes so bad while I cried in pain, tremors, shaking, limbs swollen so bad, the skin broke and streams of blood ran down my arms.. I was unable to sleep and would scream in at home.. I go to sick call and lay in the waiting room crying in pain...

i had to leave after the U.S.A.F. 4.5 years, because I had lost 2 jobs, and could not get another job, they just refused to give me a job with no chemicals.

Have been sick with swollen limbs since discharge, EDEMA, Bad Leg and/or knee (chondromalacia), from jumping in and out of fuel trucks. Degenerative disc disease, Intestinal disease, Shaking tremors, distal polyneuropathy, Dystrophy, muscle wasting, no Teeth (intestinal disease destroyed teeth).

Current rating 50% headaches. 6 Issues on appeal. NO decision on 3 issues after DRO hearing 2010.

Currently dying from Necrotizing Pancreatitis (after operation to remove 5 inch pancreas cyst, and 6 months in a hospital bed), no cure, and many complications and more cysts.

Neurological diseases, Eye diseases, more,,, and more, and more..

I have little money, but I did find a specialist, a doctor in Toxicology, whom I had to pay for an IMO on Fuels and chemicals, and add to my appeal.

If i had money I would also get a specialist in neurology to write an IMO also.

I had Kaiser medical insurance for a few years int he l ate 1980's and early 1990's had several operations. All those records are with the VA. The VA has been treating me for 15 years. All my medical records are with the VA.


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