A group of National Guard, Army Reserve, and Army active duty families are saying that a number of illnesses that veterans have developed in recent years are linked to pollutants that were inhaled while they served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to Army Times, the families say that airborne substances from burn pits, or fine particular matter that picked up in the desert dust, led to many of the respiratory illnesses veterans are suffering from.
A doctor at Vanderbilt University has diagnosed more than 40 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with a rare condition called constrictive bronchiolitis. Other illnesses that veterans have found themselves diagnosed with include emphysema, sleep apnea, chronic cough, and mesothelioma.
A report from the Institute of Medicine said that the existing data cannot prove that the long-term health effects are a result of pollutant exposure. Nevertheless, a symposium at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York being held this month will focus on lung health among Iraq War veterans. It will be sponsored by the advocacy group Burn Pits 350.
If you or a loved one was harmed by chemicals that were caused by burn pit exposure in the military, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to learn about your options.