Friday, August 4, 2017

A Notice of Appeal Filed in the Burn Pit Lawsuit


On July 19, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus for the District of Maryland dismissed the burn pit lawsuits consolidated in In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit LitigationOn August 4, 2017, a Notice of Appeal of the decision was filed with the Court.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Congressional Briefing on Burn Pit Exposures

On July 27th, 2017 Burn Pits 360 and Amnesty International will host bipartisan congressional briefing on toxic exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan as a result of the military’s use of open-air burn pits.

The panel will discuss the health issues associated with burn pits exposures, and the obstacles that veterans face to acquiring specialized health care and benefits as a result of their exposures.

Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are co-sponsoring the event.

To attend the panel discussion, please RSVP to Garrett Koelsch, SWHR2Team@aiusa.org. Guests must RSVP to attend. To arrange an interview with the moderators or panelists, please contact media@aiusa.org.

WHAT: Toxic Wounds of War: Protecting Veterans Exposed to Open Air Burn Pits

WHO: 
Moderated by Elizabeth Beavers, Senior Campaigner for Security With Human Rights at Amnesty International USA, and Rosie Torres, Executive Director of Burn Pits 360.

Featured Speakers: 
  • Will Thompson, U.S. Army Veteran, double lung transplant recipient 
  • Dr. Allyn Harris, Assistant Professor of medicine at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center Dr. Robert Miller, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
  • Dr. Richard Meehan, rheumatologist and professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at National Jewish Health 
  • Kerry Baker, VA appellate practitioner for Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick, representing disabled veterans and their dependents before the Veterans Benefits Administration and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims 
WHEN: Thursday, July 27 at 12:00 – 1:30 pm

WHERE: Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203-02 First St NE, Washington, DC 20515 Veterans and Families of the fallen are meeting on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.where they will meet with members of Congress demanding action and accountability on toxic exposures.

After years of delay and denial of specialized health care and benefits from the VA and DOD, service members and families of the fallen encountered yet more tragic news today. U.S. District Judge Roger Titus dismissed the class action law suit against KBR. Judge Titus wrote that due to this fact, it was inappropriate to ask the court to analyze the military’s decision-making during wartime.

This decision comes just days ahead of Burnpits 360’s Congressional Briefing scheduled for July 27th. Families called Burn Pits 360’s headquarters seeking consolation with hopes that the upcoming briefing will deliver accountability.

One service member said, “this is why so many service members suffering commit suicide because of all of the losses they endure”. “America’s service members and veterans some of who are reservists and first responders of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are dying and their families are being left without benefits, there has to be accountability,” Torres explained. “Many of these men and women went to war able to run marathons, but now their health has deteriorated so much that they are losing their careers, life savings and even their homes. They are misdiagnosed. We cannot afford to wait for another delayed medical study, we need the president and Congress to recognize this crisis is happening now.”

Anyone who suffers illness from their war service should have guaranteed specialized health care and compensation available to them and the families of anyone who becomes ill or dies. It is our moral obligation as Americans to care for those that defend our nation.

The Congressional briefing calls on members of Congress to establish a health and compensation fund and grant a Congressional Hearing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Burn Pit Lawsuit: Court Holds Evidentiary Hearing On Jurisdictional Issues

The Court held a 3-day evidentiary hearing on March 9, 10 and 13, 2017 in the Burn Pit Litigation. The lawsuit was brought by veterans, private military contractor employees and civilian government employees, who allege toxic exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The Court heard the live testimony of witnesses and evidence was submitted by the parties to the case on the issue as to whether the Court has subject-matter jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit. 

Prior to the hearing, the judge had ordered that the depositions of multiple witnesses be conducted and that extensive documentary records be produced including electronically data.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Court indicated that a written opinion would be forthcoming.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Senators Klobuchar and Tillis Introduce a Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits

The Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs to better understand the health effects associated with burn pits and treat veterans who become sick after exposure. S.319 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Burn Pit Lawsuit Hearing Rescheduled to March 2017

The Court has rescheduled the evidentiary hearing to March 9 and 10, 2017. At that time the Court will determine whether it has subject matter jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit. The Court entered an Order setting forth the new hearing dates.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Burn Pits: The Things That They Burned

The following article is authored bj Jennifer Percy and is shared from newrepublic.com

"Everything—all the trash of the war—was thrown in a burn pit, soaked with jet fuel, and torched. There were hundreds of open-air garbage dumps, spread out across Afghanistan and Iraq, right next to encampments where American soldiers lived and worked, ate and slept. The pits burned day and night, many of them around the clock, seven days a week. There were backyard-size pits lit by patrols of a few dozen men, and massive, industrial-size pits designed to incinerate the endless stream of waste produced by U.S. military bases. Camp Speicher, in Iraq, produced so much trash that it had to operate seven burn pits simultaneously. At the height of the surge, according to the Military Times, Joint Base Balad was churning out three times more garbage than Juneau, Alaska, which had a comparable population. Balad’s pit, situated in the northwest corner of the base, spanned ten acres and burned more than 200 tons of trash a day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Contractors sickened by military burn pits left to fend for themselves

Today's post is shared from foxnews.com:
"It’s known as “the new Agent Orange.”
Thousands of soldiers have fallen gravely ill or even died from exposure to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they are not the only ones who have gotten sick. Civilian workers and private contractors are also suffering maladies including cancer, respiratory problems and blood disorders and, like military victims, they say they are being ignored.
But private employees often don't even have the Veterans Administration to lean on.
“Who’s responsible for us? Who’s going to start taking care of us?” asked Bobby Elesky, 52, a vet-turned-private contractor who worked out of Kandahar during the war in Afghanistan.

Click here to read the entire article.
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The exposed individuals and their families brought a lawsuit against KBR for its allegedly improper use of the burn pits and for failing to warn veterans and civilians of the hazards of being exposed.