Category Archives: Burn Pits

Congress Pushes to Expand, Focus Burn Pits Treatment Research

(Washington – May 3, 2019) – A bipartisan group of Congressional representatives has called for the creation of a new treatment research program relevant to veterans with toxic wounds resulting from exposure to massive open-air burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan, … Continue reading

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VCS assists with Burn Pits Policy Recommendations in Testimony

Veterans for Common Sense has assisted Burn Pits 360 in policy recommendations for the written statement for the record for a Congressional hearing entitled: “An Assessment of the Potential Health Effects of Burn Pit Exposure among Veterans.” Burn Pits 360 … Continue reading

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VCS fighting to protect Defense medical research

(Washington — February 28, 2018) — Veterans for Common Sense this week was among 111 organizations to send a letter to Congressional leadership of the Armed Services committees expressing concern about possible renewed efforts to that would have a detrimental impact … Continue reading

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VCS Helps Expose Cessation of Funding for Unique Burn Pit Exposure Research Program

(Veterans for Common Sense – Dec. 26, 2015) – Veterans for Common Sense helped expose, in a series of news stories by Military.com reporters, that funding has been quietly dropped for a unique federal Burn Pit Exposure medical research program. The … Continue reading

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Senate panel approves burn pit registry

  From Navytimes.com By Patricia Kime – Staff writer Posted : Wednesday Sep 12, 2012 11:27:38 EDT An effort to create a registry of service members and veterans who may have been exposed to airborne toxins while serving near open-air burn pits … Continue reading

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Inconclusive Report Does Little to Cool Down Burn Pit Controversy

December 2011 (US Medicine) – Whether exposure to war zone burn-pits causes long-term health issues has created heated debate among military officials, veterans, Congress members and currently deployed troops. Unfortunately, a long-awaited report does little to provide definitive answers or … Continue reading

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Burning Toxic Waste is Making U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis Sick, But the Pentagon Refuses to Admit It

Six years into the war, many U.S. bases in Iraq are still without incinerators, leaving open pits spewing toxic plumes over soldiers and civilians. March 18, 2009 – Acetaldehyde, Acrolien, Arsenic, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Ethylbenzene,  Formaldehyde, Hydrogen Cyanide, Hydrogen Fluoride, … Continue reading

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Balad Burn Pit Update: Effects of Toxic Smoke Worry Troops Returning from Iraq – DoD Admits Problem, Then Denies Problem

December 15, 2008 – The pervasive smoke spewing from the junk heap at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq is causing many returning troops to be concerned about the effects on their long-term health. For four years, the burn pit … Continue reading

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Senator Feingold Wants Answers on Dangers to Troops from Toxic Waste from Iraq War Burn Pits

November 9, 2008 – Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., has written to Gen. David Petraeus, the new chief of U.S. Central Command, demanding to be informed about any pending investigations into health problems for troops exposed to burn pit smoke in … Continue reading

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Oct 28: Highly Toxic Burn Pit in Balad Raises Specter of Gulf War Illnesses Among Iraq War Veterans

Burn pit at Balad raises health concerns; Troops say chemicals and medical waste burned at base are making them sick, but officials deny risk October 28, 2008 – An open-air “burn pit” at the largest U.S. base in Iraq may … Continue reading

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