Thursday, July 9, 2015

New VA Registry Report Finds Diseases Reported From Burn Pit Exposures

The US Veterans Administration reports, in a just released follow-up report, that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are reporting increased pulmonary complaints, cancers and liver conditions. The Veterans participating in the voluntary survey were exposed to burn pit fumes and dust.  The data used in the study was obtained from the Burn Pit Registry.

  • 16% of the participants who worked at burn pits reported: COPD, chronic bronchitis or emphysema. 15% reported asthma.
  • 6% of the participants who had burn pit exposure reported a diagnosis of some type of cancer, and 4% reported that they were diagnosed with a non-melanoma skin cancer.
  • 8% of those were involved in burn pit duties reported a liver condition.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Assessment Continues of VA Burn Pit Registry Data

The Institute of Medicine IOM) convened an ad hoc committee to provide recommendations on collecting, maintaining, and monitoring information collected by the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry (AH &  OBPR). 

The committee is assessing the effectiveness of the VA’s information gathering efforts and provide recommendations for addressing the future medical needs of the affected groups. The study will be conducted in two phases. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

VA Releases Initial Findings of Burn Pit Registry

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an initial report concerning data reported to the Open Burn Registry. The VA's initial review of the data found the following:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Burn Pit Toxic Exposure Research Act Introduced

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), along with U.S. Representatives Dan Benishek, M.D. (R-Mich.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.), introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation focused on supporting the research of health conditions faced by descendants of veterans who were exposed to toxins during their military service.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Human Cost of the Military’s Toxic Burn Pits

Today's post is shared from and is authored by Matthew Gault.

Jason Dawson joined the Marines in 2003 and went to Iraq in 2006. He deployed to Al Asad air base in Anbar province where he was part of a crash, fire and rescue team.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"Indefensible" - More than $20 million for military incinerators up in smoke

"This report highlights the ways in which incinerator operations in Afghanistan were not conducted in a manner that resulted in the most efficient use of U.S. taxpayer funds. Unfortunately, in many instances DOD officials did not take sufficient steps to ensure the proper management of contracts for the construction of the incinerators to address the problems identified during our inspections of particular incinerator facilities. Given the fact that DOD has been aware for many years of the significant health risks associated with open-air burn pits, it is indefensible that U.S. military personnel, who are already at risk of serious injury and death when fighting the enemy, were put at further risk from the potentially harmful emissions from the use of open-air burn pits. " Quote from SIGAR Report

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

US Supreme Court Allows Burn Pit Disease Lawsuit to Go Forward

The US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of KBR.  Therefore, the case will remain active and will return to the US District Court for further action.