BurnPits360.Org Stands Strong
BurnPits360.Org stands strong in light of a controversial article released on October 31, 2011. The article, which was released by the IOM (Institute of Medicine), is entitled Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan (You can find the article in it’s entirety here). This article only strengthens BurnPits360 position in regards to burn pits causing serious health issues.
The research articulated by the IOM shows that there is insufficient data to prove that burn pits are not causing long-term health problems. Many people felt this was damaging to BurnPits360’s cause, but in all actuality, it has the opposite effect. The majority of information that has been released in previous years has supported government claims that exposure to burn pits could not possibly be causing long-term health problems. Now, the article by the IOM allows BurnPits360 to prove that scientific evidence can’t even support the government’s claims. Additionally, multiple veterans have been medically discharged on the grounds of exposure to burn pits, bolstering BurnPits360.Org’s case even further.
It seems the tide is turning towards the truth being revealed.
Before my exposure to the burn pits, I was a completely healthy, very physically fit man in the Air Force. Now, after multiple deployments and being in close proximity to the fires, I suffer from a myriad of issues, including a lung disease that is categorized as a terminal illness. I’ve never smoked or been exposed to anything else that would cause this illness, so if it’s not the burn pits, what could it possibly be?
The burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan were suppose to be temporary solutions on how to dispose of trash, medical waste, chemicals, plastics, and many other substances. They also used JP-8 aka jet fuel to accelerate the fires, which in itself is a horrible idea. Instead of being temporary, the burn pits became “the norm” for many bases in the Middle East and were ran by companies, that for the most part, went completely unchecked and regulations that were in place were not enforced. Nobody stopped to think of the potential harm to members of our Armed Forces, including myself.
It’s time that the contractors who were operating these burn pits step forward and apologize for the damage they have caused to so many veterans across our nation. Someone needs to be held accountable for this tragedy and BurnPits360.Org is working hard to make sure that becomes a reality.
Many people’s lives have been negatively affected by burn pits, including some whose loved ones have passed away from illnesses incurred from exposure to these toxic pits. This article by the IOM is finally a step in the right direction towards someone claiming responsibility in what BurnPits360 calls “the new agent orange.” The hard work and dedication of those affiliated with BurnPits360 is inspiring. I feel privileged to be able to work so closely with their organization.
Open Air Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011 Update
Today, November 3, 2011, Congressman Todd Akin introduced the Open Air Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011 at a press conference in Washington D.C. Rosie Torres and Aubrey Tapley from BurnPits360.Org were present at the press conference. Major veterans organizations, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans, were also on hand.
The media was at the press conference today as well. USA Today and Fox News were the two larger media outlets present. Hopefully, this exposure continues to help with gaining co-sponsors for the bill before it goes up for a vote in the beginning of 2012. This gives us ample time to continue spreading the word about the importance of this bill and informing people how they can contact their representatives. A letter will be available for download from DanielMeyerBlog.Com that will make contacting your congressman or senator that much easier.
For more information about this bill, please read this article which includes ways you can help!