Colorado Springs woman wins landmark case, tying lung disease to burn pits


"When you're in a war zone and you have mortar rounds and rockets and car bombs going off non-stop, the last thing you're thinking about is the air you breathe."

More than a decade later, though, breathing is something Veronica Landry constantly thinks about.

She's on a strict diet, workout, and vitamin regimen to help combat her respiratory bronchiolitis.
"I have a smoker's disease.  More than 90% of the time, that's who gets this is someone who smoked for decades.  I've never smoked in my life."

Landry says her lung disease is a result of inhaling toxins from burn pits, while working as a contractor in Iraq between 2004-2005.

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