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    How Military.com Investigated Cancer Cases and Concerns Within the Missileer Community

    How Military.com Investigated Cancer Cases and Concerns Within the Missileer Community

    This story, part of a series of investigative reporting projects by .com on service member and veteran health, was supported by the Pulitzer Center

    As a white truck barrels down a dirt road through the Great Plains, heading from F.E. Warren in Wyoming to a location just over the Nebraska border, the driver points a Military.com reporter to a chain-link fence just beyond a herd of black cows grazing the snow-covered fields.

    Behind the cattle and the barbed-wire perimeter lies a nuclear missile, tucked under the earth and out of sight. To an untrained eye, these sites could easily go unnoticed and, likewise, the young enlisted airmen and early-career officers who take on the high-stress jobs to protect, maintain and, if called upon, launch those nuclear weapons, are also out of public view.

    When many former missileers started to worry that they may have been exposed to cancer-causing toxins at missile alert facilities and launch control centers, they felt those concerns were being buried too. Military.com wanted to bring their voices to the surface.

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    Over the course of several months, Military.com dove into the cancer concerns of America's missileers and the stressful jobs they take on to support the nation's nuclear triad — the combination of air-, land- and sea-based nuclear weapons that can respond to a threat at a moment's notice.

    The story…

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