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Friday, December 9, 2022

Veteran exposed to toxic burn pit smoke dies of cancer after misdiagnosis lawsuit settlement | Military Times

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A Vermont veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and was exposed to smoke from waste-burning pits died of cancer just months after negotiating a deal with the federal government over his condition. Wesley Black, 36, died on Sunday in Hartford. According to the Valley News, Black, a Vermont National Guard veteran, and local firefighter, filed a lawsuit at the White River Junction VA Medical Center for neglecting to assess him with colon cancer after he lost 75 pounds and began experiencing severe digestive problems. In 2018, a federal judge ruled that military veterans who believe that using open burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused them to suffer from a number of health problems could not pursue lots of court cases against a military contractor, and the US Supreme Court denied an appeal the following year.


Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2021/11/10/veteran-exposed-to-toxic-burn-pit-smoke-dies-of-cancer-after-misdiagnosis-lawsuit-settlement


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