Five guys in my unit have been diagnosed with cancer. One has Colon, one has Lymphoma. I don’t recall the other three off the top of my head but I had a cancer scare a couple years ago, luckily for me it was nothing but still scared the shit out of me. Like u/themarmotlives said and I agree with him, I’m probably going to die of cancer too.
We were in Al Kut in “03 and they were burning everything there, shit, water bottles, papers and who knows what else. I was an Engineer who worked with EOD destroying weapons caches and some of the guys swear we destroyed unmarked chem weapons. The whole airfield in April-Jun “03 had hundreds of troops getting sick. Constant diarrhea and vomiting for almost all of us when we got sick. I’m sure we were exposed to something there, I just don’t know what.
Out of everyone who got sick:
Not everyone was drinking the filtered water from the river some of the guys had water bottles.
Not everyone was eating at the chow hall, some guys were still eating MREs.
Everyone who did get sick were at the Al Kut airfield. IDK if any of the guys from 2/8 got sick out in town during that time frame.
Yup. We were working and sleeping right next to one for 15 months. Everything was burned: oil, plastics, chemicals, synthetic fibers, etc… I know one guy that has COPD, others with persistant coughs, several (including me) with skin conditions…
When my seborrheic dermatitis first flared up, all my hair fell out in patches and I spent a year looking diseased. Now, I have constant dermatitis and already know I’m probably going to die of cancer.
On top of that, we were given mefloquine… you know, the shit that they just discovered caused gulf war syndrome. Thank god I pitched that shit over the Hesco barriers…
My husband slept near these during two tours in Iraq. Then they kicked him out because he couldn’t do PT, after serving 12 years. He initially got disability pay due to his inability to breathe, but he improved somewhat when we moved to a more arid environment. They took away most of his disability pay. We can’t move back to a more humid environment to be closer to our friends and family, because we’re afraid his symptoms will worsen again. I’m afraid that it’ll come back eventually anyway, or worse.
Fuck the army.
>The report also said that millions of dollars were spent on incinerators to properly dispose of waste, but that many sat idle next to the active burn pits.
Wow. It wasn’t even approved practice, those in command can’t even claim ignorance. The assholes just did it out of convenience and perhaps to spite the country they invaded.
Ours fears of burn pits dont matter…
Try filling about burn pit exposure to the VA.. you get a nice letter back stating that SCOTUS said we can fuck ourselves, and that therefore its not covered.
Yeah, the VA sent me a nice letter worded all cool and fancy that said, “Youre on your own, get fucked”