Monday, September 3, 2018

VA Refuses To Treat Diseases Caused By Burn Pits

Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan faced many dangers from IED’s and green on blue shootings to life and limb
Now after being withdrawn they are facing another danger somewhat grim
On military bases in Iraq trash, chemicals and medical waste was not buried only burned
New medical issues rising up that are raising concern
Troops were exposed to toxins including dioxin from the smoke from burning pits
Yet for vets seeking medical treatment for exposure the VA will not admit
Breathing dioxin produced by burning of trash is like playing Russian roulette
A host of problems like cancer, autoimmune disorders and liver disease one is likely to get
Retired General Petraeus is on a crusade to get the VA to open its treatment doors
They have a sacred duty to vets not their service related injuries ignore
It is risky enough to be exposed to limb losing IED’s or to be shot in a green on blue
But an outrage to be exposed to a deadly toxic burn pit brew
We have been done this road before after the Vietnam War
As dioxin related issues from the use of Agent Orange among returning vets soared
A class action lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $240 million to the vets
Our vets from Iraq and Afghanistan should not suffer from a different mindset
Petraeus is right the VA does have a sacred duty and obligation
Not to abandon these vets by giving only lip service by what is supposed to be a grateful nation
 © September 3, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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