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Special Message from Vincent W. Patton III, Ed. D. ​ 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Retired

Hi, I’m Vince Patton, the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, and I’d like to take a minute of your time for a very important message.

Most recently, it has come to my attention via research, that many first responders who participated in the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, are suffering from a wide range of symptoms, from respiratory issues to cancer, due to exposure from oil dispersants that were used for clean-up. Such individuals, including those who served on active duty or were activated reservists that fall into this category of medical issues, may possibly qualify for compensation from set-aside funds from BP. Let me add that there is no cost to any individual who qualifies for this compensation.

There is a website, which has a short five-minute survey that you can take to determine if you may be eligible for compensation along with more detailed information.

Please go to, or if you know someone who was involved in the clean-up, it is important that you pass this information along to them. That website again is

I greatly appreciate your time – and thank you for your service. SEMPER PARATUS!

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