2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 16:37:57 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, GLOBAL: War zone burn pits
Veterans Sound Alarm Over Burn-Pit Exposure

New York Times
August 6, 2010

WASHINGTON - When former Staff Sgt. Susan Clifford was stationed in 2004 and 2005 at Balad Air Base in Iraq, she was assigned to help dump her Army unit's trash into a massive, open-air pit.

Every conceivable type of waste was piled high in the pit - plastics, batteries, appliances, medicine, dead animals, even human body parts - and burned, with a dousing of jet fuel. A huge black plume of smoke hung over the pit, nearly blinding Ms. Clifford on her twice-a-month visits, and wafted over the entire base.


Ms. Clifford, who retired from the Army with full disability in April, is one of the first veterans to receive an official ruling from the military that exposure to open-air burn pits at American bases in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused medical problems. Hundreds of other veterans have complained of similar illnesses that they believe were caused by exposure to the pits, forcing the Pentagon to restrict their use and the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin an investigation.


For the entire article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/us/07burn.html


Lenny Siegel
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