Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Veteran Awarded Benefits for Burn Pit Exposure

The Veterans Administration (VA) has awarded full disability to a former soldier who was exposed in Iraq to toxic dust and fumes from burn pits. The VA concluded that his cancer, Stage 4 Lymphoma, is related to the exposure in Iraq.

The Tampa Tribune reported that, "McKenna's cancer, according to him and to his doctors at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital, is directly attributable to constant exposure to the thick, acrid smoke that wafted almost every hour of every day across Balad Air Base in Iraq where McKenna was stationed for about 18 months."

A lawsuit is currently pending against Kellog Brown & Root (KBR) and Halliburton on behalf of soldiers who were exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits. Call Jon L. Gelman at 973.696.7900 or e-mail jon@gelmans.com

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