Chemicals Found in Okinawa and most important at Futenma, Okinawa

Jim LeMaitre filed this request with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-06570-F
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From: Jim LeMaitre

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

To: Whoever can help me.

I found some communications on your site that Jon Mitchell was involved in the uncovering of chemicals found on Okinawa dated back to 2010, there maybe more evidence now that I’m not aware of . I am a Marine; Vietnam Vet with all the illnesses brought on from what I believe was from chemicals being stationed at MCAS Futema (now spelled Futenma). I need documents that were written.
James C. LeMaitre, USMC
Email: jlem1954@yahoo.com
Cell 567-868-5225

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jim LeMaitre

From: Cephas, Tracy

Good Morning Mr. LeMaitre,

Attached to this message is VHA’s acknowledgment of your FOIA Request. Ms. Barbara Swailes will be processing your request and her contact information is listed on the attached letter. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

I would kindly appreciate your confirmation of receipt of this email. A hard copy of the attached letter will not follow in postal mail unless specifically requested by you.

V/R,

Mrs. Tracy R. Cephas, Staff Assistant
VHA Central Office FOIA Office (10P2C1)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Office: 202-461-5879
Fax: 202-273-9387
Email: Tracy.Cephas@va.gov<mailto:Tracy.Cephas@va.gov>
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“I am a Disabled Army Veteran and former Army Civilian and I CARE!”

From: MuckRock

Hello Mrs. Cephas,

I would like to try to clarify this request a bit. This request is for:

• any requests made by Mr. Jon Mitchell and responses (including responsive materials) that were provided
• any other information related to the use and storage of chemicals at MCAS Futema (also spelled Futenma) and the transfer to and from MCAS Futema (also spelled Futenma) of chemicals.

If any further clarification is necessary, please feel free to get in touch.

Thanks so much for your help,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Cephas, Tracy

Good Afternoon Beryl,

I will forward your clarification to the FOIA Officer processing the request.

Tracy

From: Swailes, Barbara K.

Mr. LeMaitre,

The purpose of this email is to communicate the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Central Office Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office’s response to your March 14, 2017 FOIA request under the FOIA tracking number of 17-06570-F and the subsequent referral of your request to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) under the FOIA tracking number of 17-07537-F. Please refer to the attached initial agency decision letter for details.

A point of contact within the VBA FOIA Office is Ms. Brandi Traylor. Ms. Traylor may be reached at (202) 461-9754. The new FOIA tracking number of the referral of your request to the VBA FOIA Office is 17-07537-F.

Unless specifically requested by you, a hard copy of the attached document will not be mailed via postal mail.

If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me at (319) 383-2609.

Sincerely,

Barbara Swailes, MHA, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance | Office of Informatics and Information Governance
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (319) 383-2609 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Swailes, Barbara K.

Mr. LeMaitre,

On April 11, 2017 I issued a “no records” response to FOIA request 17-06570-F for VHA Central Office records. I have attached of copy of my April 11, 2017 letter responding to FOIA request 17-06570-F to this email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at (319) 383-2609.

Sincerely,

Barbara Swailes, MHA, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance | Office of Informatics and Information Governance
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (319) 383-2609 | Fax (202) 273-9387

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