2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:36:52 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, GLOBAL: Iraq burn pits
Vets: Burn pits are killing us
But sickened warriors searching for help will have to wait for science and government bureaucracy to link their conditions to their service.

By Matthew D. LaPlante
Salt Lake Tribune (UT)
January 15, 2010

Combat had changed him.

Yet Andrew Rounds was still the adoring son his mother had sent off to war.


For years flames lapped at the sky, sending thick black plumes of smoke into the air across Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet even as the military's own environmental health experts quietly warned that the toxic fumes from open-air burn pits, located at every major U.S. base across the war zones, might sicken troops, military health officials stood their ground. The pits, they said, were not a danger.

But veterans groups, families and members of Congress pressed for a more thorough investigation as thousands of warfighters returned suffering from respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, cancers and blood diseases.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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