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Maj Chris Nelson
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I was deployed for Desert Sheld/Storm...burning oil wells ect, then Iraq with the burn pits and dust, then Afghanistan with poo ponds, burning everything that can burn (both military and locals).... I know for a fact, I have a letter in my medical records discussing exposure to the burn pits in Iraq.... I suspect that over the coming 30 years or so, something will come of it (think Agent Orange for Vietnam conflict)... but nobody really knows what it will be.  Also, I think it will be questionable if the DoD even accepts responsibility for it....how long did it take to acknowledge Agent Orange??!!
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sir, the day is comming. we were exposed to a lot of stuff out there in afghaniatan.there is something on that on the VA website.
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1SG Jason Fitzpatrick
1SG Jason Fitzpatrick
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Sir, We can only keep in touch and document our illnesses with our medical providers and keep copies for our families.  Just like the debacle of Agent Orange, i think that being able to prove that loved ones were exposed to the toxins is going to be something for our relatives and more than likely, or survivors. 
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Maj Chris Nelson
Maj Chris Nelson
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1SG, THAT is the part I would like to avoid.... letting the next of kin deal with it....I would rather know in advance!!  BUT alas, I don't have a good feeling on that one.....
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CW5 Sam R. Baker
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Having been to both Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times, I have had about 30 friends A decade or more younger than myself be medically discharged with cancer and other major breathing problems from the black smoke of Iraq in 03 and the burn barrels, not to mention the oil field fires we tried to extinguish. The dust is bad, was bad and will always be an outside item my body doesn't like. However it doesn't say why so many fall victim to these diseases and some of us soldier on! I would hope there would be a solid study from someone and just realistically determine if there is an issue. 
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SPC David Wyckoff
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Edited 8 y ago

I know this is an Research Advisory Committee (RAC) study for DS/DS but page 201 starts the section that talks about dust particulates and their affects.



http://www.va.gov/RAC-GWVI/docs/Committee_Documents/GWIandHealthofGWVeterans_RAC-GWVIReport_2008.pdf



Also the Institute of Medicine has about nine volumes of information (Gulf War and Health) regarding the extensive exposures to troops in Iraq.

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