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Burn pits downrange caused lung disease in service members, court rules | Military Times
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Burn pits downrange caused lung disease in service members, court rules | Military Times

Service members and private military contractors who worked around “burn pits” downrange, and later suffered from lung and respiratory issues, may soon get a breath of fresh air.

A recent court decision by a judge under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office for Workers’ Compensation Programs ruled that open-air burn pits are connected to lung disease, Fox Newsfirst reported.

The burn pits — where chemicals were released into the air from trash, abandoned hardware, and other waste being incinerated — occurred throughout U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of the wars there.

Source: Burn pits downrange caused lung disease in service members, court rules | Military Times