Burn pits downrange caused lung disease in service members, court rules


Service members and private military contractors who worked around “burn pits” downrange, and later suffered from lung and respiratory issues, may soon get a breath of fresh air.

A recent court decision by a judge under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office for Workers’ Compensation Programs ruled that open-air burn pits are connected to lung disease, Fox Newsfirst reported.

The burn pits — where chemicals were released into the air from trash, abandoned hardware, and other waste being incinerated — occurred throughout U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of the wars there.
Burn pits downrange caused lung disease in service members, court rules

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