BURN PITS

Are Burn Pits the Agent Orange for the Nation’s Youngest Veterans?

It took Vietnam War veterans nearly two decades to receive compensation from exposure to Agent Orange and now, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who were exposed to burn pits face a similar battle.

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Burn pits were a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The thousands of U.S. military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke of burn pits - and who were then denied proper treatment - may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling.

A judge under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office for Workers’ Compensation Programs decreed last month that open-air burn pits -- where thousands of chemicals were released into the air after trash and other waste were incinerated at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are connected to lung disease,

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Veterans fear Congress has forgotten the military’s burn pit problems

 

 For years, Veterans Affairs leaders and administration officials have promised they won’t let health issues surrounding burn pit exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan become another “Agent Orange” in the community.

Now, advocates and a handful of lawmakers are worried it already has.

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Burn Pit Accountability Act Gains Momentum With MOAA Support

MOAA and fellow veteran service organizations are building momentum as we continue to call on federal lawmakers to approve a measure tracking troops' exposure to burn pits during time in service.

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 Appeals court tosses veterans’ lawsuits over burn pits

 Military veterans who claim that the use of open burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused myriad health problems cannot move forward with dozens of lawsuits against a military contractor, a federal appeals court ruled.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge in Maryland, who last year threw out the lawsuits brought against KBR, a former Halliburton Corp. subsidiary.

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