“There are a lot of people just like me who are sick,” Hines said. “We’re broken, and we want to know how to get ourselves fixed. We want answers. But we haven’t gotten any.”
In the four years since, the 46-year-old Lithia resident’s health has steadily worsened, though his doctors are unsure why. Hines, who achieved the highest noncommissioned rank in the service, was forced to retire in 2013 after 27 years in the Corps. Once a model of fitness, he’s now too sick to work. In fact, Hines said, he is often too weak to walk his dogs.
The cause, Hines believes, is something the government gave him to protect him from biological warfare — the anthrax vaccine.
But some investigative reports have suggested the vaccine triggered a series of adverse autoimmune reactions and diseases, from lupus to aching joints and chronic pain. Such symptoms are often lumped together as Gulf War syndrome.
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