28 Oct '15, 6am

Veterans suspect burn pits causing thousands of serious illnesses #keepyourpromise #tricare

Thise burn pit at Balad Air Base, Iraq, was in full operation in early 2008. Stars and Stripes Buy a print PHILADELPHIA (Tribune News Service) — The smoke sometimes turned from black to green, like the olive drab of an old military uniform, as it rose from a pit of smoldering trash. The color depended on what was burning. There was refuse from chow halls and latrines at Camp Al Taqaddum in Iraq. But contractors also bulldozed in broken computers, wrecked humvees, and medical waste. Chris Lang, a Marine from Doylestown, slept in a tent downwind from the inferno. "We always joked about it," he said of the Olympic-pool-size burn pit. "Like, we're going to live through this [war] but not that thing over there." Six years later, doctors diagnosed Lang with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the immune system. Lang, 34, is among thousands of veterans who blame an illness ...

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