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A Marine watches over a burn pit at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, May 25, 2007. Few studies have looked at the connection between fumes released from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan and the ailments some veterans are now experiencing. None have established a clear connection.
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A new federal report says the data from an existing registry of troops’ downrange exposure to burn pits cannot be used to establish a link with health problems they are now experiencing, making it difficult to prove they are entitled to special benefits.

Currently, veterans who have been exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq have to go through difficult and time-consuming processes to prove that their conditions are service-related. At stake are health care benefits, support for spouses and education benefits for children. More

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