Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Soldier Exposed to Burn Pits in Iraq Succumbs to Lymphoma

The Long Island Newsday has reported that Sgt. William McKenna, age 41, who was exposed to the dust and fumes from burn pits while deployed in Iraq, has died from lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. He was deployed in 2003 and had been suffering from the rare cancer for over a year.

His family is part of a lawsuit filed against Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) and Halliburton.  The lawsuit alleges that the civilian contractors operated to the US Military in an unsafe manner exposing soldiers and other civilians to toxic smoke and fumes.

According to the article, a spokes person from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stated, "The Department of Veterans Affairs is concerned about the effects of exposure to toxins produced by burn pits on veterans returning from the current conflicts." 

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