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“This is a bad break for my case,” says the vet whose treatment was hindered by a loophole

It is believed that toxic exposure from deployments to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan are to blame for Mark’s thyroid disorders.



$50,000 annually on the life-saving medication my doctor has prescribed “The late Jackson remarked.

After 9/11, U.S. Special Operations teams used a base in Uzbekistan to launch covert missions into Afghanistan. Jackson’s case was part of an earlier CBS News investigation that revealed severe toxic exposure at this base. In response to the findings of the six-month investigation, Congress passed a bill honoring U.S. service members who had served at K-2, also known as Karshi-Khanabad, in Uzbekistan, and President Obama signed an executive order honoring veterans who had served at the toxic military base in Uzbekistan and ordering a full study of the health effects of service there.

A representative for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program responded to CBS News’ questions about why the drug was denied and whether Jackson’s military service and toxic exposure were taken into account by the medical review team by saying, “In keeping with our commitment to member privacy, we do not discuss individual members’ profiles. When a member disagrees with a decision, they can ask for a new review by following the procedures outlined in our correspondence with them.”

Jackson says he plans to discuss his options, including an appeal, with his doctor once he is released from the hospital, where he is recovering from yet another joint infection caused by his compromised immune system.