Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lawmakers Want Answers on the Effects of Iraq and Afghanistan’s Burn Pits

Representatives in the US Senate and Congress have expanded their focus on the Veterans Administration's treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan war medical benefits and in particular the residuals of burn bit exposures. Today's post is shared from defenseone.com

The Obama administration prides itself on righting the sins of past regimes, including expanding access to health care for Vietnam veterans who suffered from exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange.

But veterans groups worry the administration is on track to repeat past mistakes by refusing thousands of disability claims that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans say are related to breathing toxic fumes from open burn pits—which were used for years to discard everything from trash and human waste to vehicles and batteries.

The Veterans Affairs Department finally opened a congressionally mandated online registry for burn-pit victims late last month, and lawmakers are starting to look at how to move forward on helping veterans who believe their illnesses—ranging from bronchitis to cancer—are tied to exposure to the fumes.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

US VA Opens Burn Pit Registry

The US Veterans Administration has now opened its Burn Pit Registry:

The registry is a database of information about Veterans and Service members collected through a questionnaire.

OEF/OIF/OND or 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans and Service members can use the registry questionnaire to report exposures to airborne hazards (such as smoke from burn pits, oil-well fires, or pollution during deployment), as well as other exposures and health concerns.
Click here to register with the Veterans Administration.
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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

US Supreme Court Invites The US Solicitor General to File a Brief

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Burn Pit Lawsuit could go forward and KBR is attempting to appeal that decision.

The case was listed conferenced by the US Supreme Court on June 12, 1014 to determine whether or not the appeal would be permitted by the Court.

On June 16, 2016, The US Supreme Court Ordered that, "The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States."

The following is shared from Scotus.com
KBR, Incorporated v. Metzgar
Pending petition

Petitions of the day
Apr 11 2014
Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 15, 2014)

Apr 14 2014
Brief amici curiae of Associated General Contractors of America, et al. filed.

May 15 2014
Brief of respondents Alan Metzgar, et al. in opposition filed.

May 27 2014
DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 12, 2014.

May 27 2014
Reply of petitioners KBR, Incorporated, et al filed. (Distributed)

Jun 16, 2014
The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Petition for US Supreme Court Review Filed by KBR Incorporated

On April 11, 2014 a Petition for a writ of certiorari was filed by KBR Incorporated, et al with the US Supreme Court appealing the ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The US Supreme Court has docketed the matter as No. 13-1241. The Supreme Court has listed the matter for Conference on June 12, 2014.

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades theLaw Offices of Jon L Gelman jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Stay


On April 3, 2014 the US 4th Cir Ct of Appeals granted a stay of its Mandate that the case (In Re Burn Pit Litigation) should be remanded and go forward. KBR had filed a Motion for a Stay based upon its intent to file a Petition for Certiorari with the US Supreme Court in an effort to appeal the matter.

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M.), a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee, pressed the VA for answers regarding its failure to diligently and expeditiously implement the Open Air Burn Pit Registry as ...
Mar 07, 2014
KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. (HAL) are not automatically immune from claims by military service members suing over health damage from the contractors' burn pits, a federal appeals court ruled, (Click here for full ruling) ...
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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades theLaw Offices of Jon L Gelman jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

3rd International Scientific Symposium on Lung Health after Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan

3rd International Scientific Symposium on Lung Health after 
Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan 
June 2, 2014  
Anthony M. Szema, M.D. 
Program Chair and Course Director 

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion, participants should be able to: 
-Understand that new‐onset respiratory symptoms after particulate matter exposure is real 
-Learn about animal and in vitro models of disease 
-Learn about methods to detect titanium and metals in the lung 

3rd International Scientific Symposium on Lung Health 
after Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan 
Monday, June 2, 2014 

8:00-8:30am Registration and Breakfast 

8:30-8:45 Opening Remarks, Anthony Szema, M.D., Program Chair 

8:45-9:00 Update on Burn Pit Research Centers of Excellence Legislation, Congressman Tim 
Bishop, M.P.A. 

9:00-9:20 Department of Veterans Affairs Burn Pit Regstry, Paul Ciminera, M.D., MPH, 

9:20-9:40 New Studies of Dust from Deployment Zones, Captain Mark Lyles, U.S. Naval War 
College, Iraq and Afghanistan Dust Studies 
9:40-10:00 Cases of Respiratory Disease Post Deployment, Robert Bumgarner, M.D., (Capt., 

USN, Ret.), Leidos Corporation 

10:00-10:35 BREAK 

10:35-10:55 Update on the Denver Post Deployment Lung Registry, Richard Meehan, M.D. or 
designee, National Jewish Health 

10:55-11:15 Models of Iraq Afghanistan War Lung Injury, Anthony Szema, M.D., Stony Brook 

11:15-11:35 Burnpits 360 Database Analysis, Laura Veins, M.D., MPH and Bhumika Patel, 
M.D., Stony Brook 

11:35-12:00pm Geoscience Studies of Dust-Induced Inflammation, Andrea Harrington, Ph.D., New 
York University 

12:00-1:00 pm LUNCH 

1:00-1:20 Synchrotron Techniques to Analyze Metal in Lung, Antonio Lanzrotti, Ph.D., 
University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab Synchrotron Studies 

1:20-1:40pm Allergic Asthma in the Middle East, Jonathan Li, B.S., Three Village Allergy & 
Asthma 

1:40-2:00 Epidemiology of the Millennium Study, Joseph Abraham, ScD, Ph.D., US Army 
Public Health Command 

2:00-2:20 Clinic Cases, Thomas Kennedy, M.D., Georgia Regents University, Medical 
College of Georgia 

2:20-2:45 Break 

2:45-3:00 Beyond the New England Journal of Medicine Study, Robert Miller, M.D., 
Vanderbilt University 

3:00-3:20 Case Report, Rachel Knipe, M.D., Harvard University 

3:20-4:00 Questions, Answers and Discussion 
Continuing Medical Education Credits 


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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades theLaw Offices of Jon L Gelman jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

‘Environmental Poisoning’ of Iraq Is Claimed

Burn Pit dust and fumes in Iraq has now becoming the subject of environmental claims by an expanding advocacy group. Today's post is shared from nytimes.com and focusses on the ever expanding alleged consequnces of the use of burn pits to dispose of military waste.

WASHINGTON — An advocacy group representing American military veterans and Iraqi civilians arrived here on Wednesday armed with a message for the United States government: Washington must do something for the thousands of people suffering from what the group called the “environmental poisoning” of Iraq during the war.

The group, Right to Heal, says that veterans and civilians continue to feel the effects of the burn pits — banned by Congress four years ago — that were used to dispose of military waste, and that new health problems arise every day for Iraqis.

“Things are worse off today by a thousandfold,” Representative Jim McDermott, Democrat of Washington, said during a hearing in the House on Wednesday morning that featured witnesses from Right to Heal.

Several hours later, Right to Heal called its own “people’s hearing” at a Quaker meeting house in Washington. One witness there, John Tirman, executive director and principal research scientist at the M.I.T. Center for International Studies, said that in playing down the health effects of the war, American officials had violated “the trust we place in government, that is, that they would be accountable to us even in the most severe times of war.”

Another witness, Kristi Casteel, said her son, Joshua, an interrogator for the Army who died of lung cancer in 2012 at age 32, had lived about 100 yards from an Iraqi burn pit. “While very aware of the...

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades theLaw Offices of Jon L Gelman jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

Click here to submit your information.