A growing number of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are becoming sick and dying from what appears to be overexposure to dangerous toxins produced by burn pits used to destroy waste.

To date, the Department of Defense has maintained that burn pits pose no long-term health risks. However, Agent Orange and Persian Gulf Syndrome have taught us that we must be vigilant in monitoring and treating our veterans long after they have returned from the battlefield.

Therefore, many advocates believe it is premature to dismiss concerns raised about burn pits after only a few years.

The Military Times has run a series of reports on the scores of returning veterans who were exposed to burn pits and display similar symptoms: chronic bronchitis, asthma, sleep apnea, chronic coughs, and allergy-like symptoms. Several also have cited heart problems, lymphoma, and leukemia.

A coalition of Members of Congress, veterans groups, journalists, and others have been working to bring to light all of the facts concerning the use of burn pits and the dangers that they may pose to our troops.

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, which included key provisions by Reps. Tim Bishop and Carol Shea-Porter to restrict the use of burn pits and require the Department of Defense to fully investigate their effects on troops as well as alternatives for waste disposal.

About this website

This website was created by Will Jenkins as the central information clearinghouse for burn pits with assistance from the office of Congressman Tim Bishop, Kerry Baker from the Disabled American Veterans and Kelly Kennedy from Army Times. It is no longer regularly updated.

For the latest on burn pits, please visit www.sgtsullivancenter.org and www.burnpits360.org.