Welcome to the BURN PITS Action Center. This is an information resource for servicemen and servicewomen, their families and others concerned about addressing the damages of the burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"When I first arrived in Iraq, I thought a portion of the base was under attack. We later learned the floating plume was the source of Balad’s signature stench." New York Times

"...Humvees, batteries, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, rocket pods, and plastic and medical waste (including body parts, which may explain the arm). Fumes containing carcinogenic dioxins, heavy metals, and particulates, according to an Army–Air Force risk assessment, waft freely across bases." Newsweek

"When the wind had blown dark green plumes from burn pits toward base living areas... long lines formed for sick call, with troops coughing up blood, vomiting and complaining of nausea or burning lungs." Los Angeles Times

"...a likely cause, experts say, of rising numbers of active-duty respiratory and neurological disorders since 2001 to levels above the norm for such a young and fit population." Military Times

Latest Personal Stories

  • Sandra T., MSgt, USAF I am a 21 yr Veteran. I deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in 2004 & Bagram, Afgh. I was exposed to 2 burnpits & prison chemical hazards. I have had 3 surgeries. I ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:57 PM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Scott K I was a former Navy petty officer stationed at Balad air base in 2006-2007, I don't remember a day without the thick cloud and nasty smell comming from ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:57 PM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Bobby I was in Balad from 2004-2009, I have been hospitalized numerous times for sinus problems and other health conditions since returning to the States, even the Military Reserves tried ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:56 PM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Bob I lived in H-6 during my time at Balad in 2009.  I worked on the flightline, which was even closer to the burn pit.  Our entire work area would ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:55 PM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Franklin Lowe I was stationed on Anaconda from Oct 05 to Oct 06.  Got there and had no health problems what so ever.  Now I have cronic sinus infections, had sinus surgery ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:55 PM by S.R. Sidarth
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