Slowly, toxic vets get recognition

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February 7, 2012
Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  
Posted in Commentary

"We’ve been following the issue of toxic environmental exposure of U.S. servicemen and women here at Antiwar.com since 2009. Mounting evidence strongly suggests that the unregulated open-air burn pits used to incinerate everything from medical waste to batteries and rubber tires, has contributed to the fine particulate matter found carried in the dust, including metals and bacteria, and has something to do with the dramatically changed health of returning veterans." (02/07/12)

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  • We share your concerns regarding the safety of our troops and believe that it is our government's responsibility to treat servicememebers whose ailments are directly linked to exposure to dangerous toxins. As early as 2002, U.S. military installations in Afghanistan and Iraq began to rely on open-air burn pits to dispose of waste materials despite concerns about air pollution.

    The Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011 creates a registry, similar to the Agent Orange Registry and the Gulf War Registry, that will help collect the facts needed to find the connections between burn pit exposure and health problems affecting our servicemen and women. The legislation will also serve as a vehicle for improved communication and information dissemination for affected veterans.

    Introducing H.R. 3337 and S-1798, support efforts to make these bills into Law.

    Please contact lawmakers in your local area today at the free and easy to use website provided below: http://capwiz.com/usdr/officials/congress/?view=m….

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