The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office for Workers’ Compensation Programs has decreed that a military contractor’s lung disease is attributed to her exposure to burn pits while in Afghanistan and Iraq. Veronica Landry was sent to Iraq in 2004 as a recreational and morale specialist at Mosul Air Force Base. She was originally denied disability and declared medically capable to work where her lung disease worsened. The recent overturn has awarded her $74 a week for medical expenses, which she believes is a step in the right direction but still unfair. “I have tried to remain positive and grateful for the outcome, but at the same time I believe I am being discriminated against because I have had no choice but to work ever since I returned from Iraq,” commented Landry.
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