Personal Stories

Here are stories from troops and veterans about their experiences with burn pits.

  • 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
  • satx1 I was at kandahar 05-06 burn pits were common nothing was talked about. while i was at f o b summerall,in bayji iraq,we burned every thing you ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:54 PM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Steve "I never thought to attribute my ongoing health issues to my Balad deployments -- but reading through these accts makes me wonder as is seems alot of people's health made ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:45 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • ssg(ret jericho beauchamp Stage 4 cancer survivor from this burn pit crap,read my other post.I need a real chance at tsgl,why do we not count?! That wrong!it states where ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:45 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • ssg(ret)jericho n beauchamp "I had a stage 4 cancer from the burnpits in iraq from our govt and kbr to my throat.I got 30% for the cancer the army takes blame for ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:44 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • R. Wahl I was part of the 51st Transportation Company (PLS), 181st Trans Bn, 3rd COSCOM and we were there at Anaconda (AKA Sustainer Army Airfield) Balad in early May 2003 as ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:43 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Anonymous Stationed at Anaconda from April 2003-February 2004.  Came home and run times gradually lengthened even though I worked out the same amount.  Now I have severe asthma and an ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:43 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Jim Johnson I was staioned at LSA Anaconda (Balad)Feb-Sep 2004.  Since the entire camp was 'down-wind' of the fire pit, I managed to inhale quite a bit of the ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:42 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Andrea N "I was 24, just a few months shy of 25, when I was arrived at Camp Bucca Iraq. I remember walking to the Internment facility every day, the first burn ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:42 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Fig I was deployed to Balad in 04, Worked at the double HAS near the pit. Developed a constant cough. A CT scan revealed numerous nodules around my lungs,spleen,liver ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:41 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • William Mandell While stationed at Qalat Afghanistan,  the burn pit burned rubber, plastic, metal, batteries, ammo, explosives, bottles, medical waste, oil, diesel, etc. and the smoke blew over our living quarters (tents ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:40 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Derek W. I was stationed on the west side of Balad 2008-09 close to the burn pits.  The entire time I was there the base was constantly covered in colerful haze ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:40 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Bob Retired AF MSG.  I was in Bagram Jan to May 2007 and now suffer from a constant phlegm in the throat, worse some days than others.  I tell the folks ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:39 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Derrol Turner, USAF Retired "WRIISC, War Related Illness & Injuries Study Center, I was waiting to compose more details but am still tired from the trip. Bottom line is YES, WRIISC has you for 4 ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:39 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • bob starling I was in Taji in Jan 04 to april 04,I worked for usace,Ihad access to all of taji,spent alot of time on iraqi side for CMATT,the ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:38 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Mark I was deployed to Iraq four times between 2004 and 2008. When I returned from my last deployment my lymph nodes swelled to about the size of golf balls and ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:38 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Todd I was stationed at Camp Bucca, Iraq for 9 months in 2007-2008 with Naval Provisional Detainee Battalion IV.  We were exposed to burn pits too on a regular basis ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:37 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Dakota Davis I served in Afghanistan from April 15, 2009 to April 20, 2010 on various FOB's and COP's.. While in country I felt shortness of breath and passed out ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:36 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • A tortured parent. I can't stop screaming!  It's diabolical.  "They" created the conditions.
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:36 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • collin.nesbitt "i was deployed to iraq in 2009 and our vehical was installed with this new electronic warfare anti ied system called warlock green/red made by EDO communications a very ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:35 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Peter J Blumer "Update to post Oct 22, 2010 2:24 PM by Burn Pits Diagnosis Constructive Bronchitis chemical exposure related deep brain lesions neurological motor function damage cancerous nodules in esophagus therapies ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:35 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • SGT Francisco Mejia I had no idea of the toxic enemy of plume and poisoning that we were being exposed to in Iraq and by that I don't mean the actual Iraqi ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:34 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Josh "Well I was in baghdad iraq in 03, convoy duty 07-08 and baghdad 09-10.  We burned everything in 03, 07-08 I went to most of the FOBS ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:33 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Widow Spouse "Widow Spouse,Qatar, Camp As Sayliyah 2004-2005,Afghanistan,Camp Phoenix 2005-2007. Ret. Army 1sg. Store assistant manager. Did anyone know him? Died suddenly while at Ft. Hood,Tx ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:32 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • KG I was at Balad AB in 2007-2008. I lived in H6 and worked in the ammo dump which is close to the burnpit.  About 4 months after I returned ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:31 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Carter R. "I lived on LSA Anacondia 2003 - 2004. I was 1 of 20 soldiers in charge of dumping trash for over 500 soldiers in 142nd (CBT) batallion from ND using my ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:30 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Sgt.Piercy I was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 07-08. I had to pull duties in which we had to pass by burn pits everyday to get to the guard towers ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:30 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Edd I'm a former Marine. I were deployed to Iraq  back on 2003/2004 to Al Asad airbase. Like many fellow Marines I was involve on working parties to work ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:29 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • peter "I was a contractor from 2005 to 2007. I arrived at balad and saw a fire from the plane, I asked some people what was burning and they said trash ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:28 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Rick "I got to Anaconda on Jan 1 05. Our building was 300 meters downwind from the burn pit. Right away you could tell something was wrong, because you were having ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:28 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Sapper21 "Well i was exposed to the smoke from the burn pits at FOB Sykes in 05 & Camp Liberty 06-07, And since i've been back i have developed some ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:27 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Christy "I was at Balad AB, Iraq in 2007; I worked nights, when the smoke seemed to hover near the ground the most. Lived in H-6. I remember being given ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:26 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Jill Wilkins (USAF Major Kevin E. Wilkins-deceased) United States Air Force Reservist, Major Kevin E. Wilkins, RN, was with the 920th ASTS Reserve Unit at Patrick AFB, Florida.  He went on his first tour to Balad, Iraq ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:25 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • ANGMAJ I served two 45 day rotations at Ali AB, Tallil, Iraq in 2007 and 2008.  I was concerned about the air quality on base and attempted to get information about ...
    Posted May 24, 2012, 1:24 AM by S.R. Sidarth
  • Elizabeth Hilpert Update from May 6, 2009.  Military medical until recently would prescribe various medications, and not have time to treat multiple symptoms. New doctor understood the burn pits. I ended up ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:29 AM by Burn Pits
  • Kyle  "Burn pits are still being used here in Iraq. Nothing is being done on my level. My men don't want to burn in these conditions, but we know what ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:29 AM by Burn Pits
  • Robert Z Robert Z    I was in Iraq in 2003 to Sept.2004 had to come home because I got Lymphoma large cell stage 2 cancer .anyone who could help me out ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:28 AM by Burn Pits
  • Tony  I was stationed at BALAD Iraq in 2008. When I first arrived I saw the burn pit and said to myself this can't be good. I lived in H5 ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:27 AM by Burn Pits
  • Patsy my nephew went in the military healthy a month after he got out ...after 3 tours to iraq and afghanistan...he went to disney land with his family and mom ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:26 AM by Burn Pits
  • Peter J Blumer "I am now a 51 year old male 42 years old in 2003 when I received an offer via email from a contracting firm, with an offer to go to ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:25 AM by Burn Pits
  • Mary Elijah James McDonald is my brother. He was 21 when he passed away. He was deployed to Amara Iraq from June 2008 till June 2009. When he joined the army ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:24 AM by Burn Pits
  • Richard I was deployed in 2005-2006 at Abu Ghraib prison and was exposed to the burn pit there on a daily bases now 5 years later I have been diagnosed ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:23 AM by Burn Pits
  • Miguel A. Cintron As a veteran of Operation Restore, we too disposed of our solid and liquid waste by igniting the stuff with diesel fuel in a pit. I remember we all took ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:22 AM by Burn Pits
  • Nick  I was at JBB form 08-09 I worked in the FRP warehouse in direct sight of the burn pit. On some days the smoke would fill the warehouse (a ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:21 AM by Burn Pits
  • Teri My husband was deployed to Iraq '03/'04 and was stationed at LSA Anaconda.  He worked in and around the burn pits.  After reading many of the stories here I ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:10 PM by Burn Pits
  • Widow of a KBR Contractor My life came to an abrupt end on 31-October-2008. It's the day I lost my husband and best friend of 25 years. His death was under mysterious ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:10 PM by Burn Pits
  • NMANG Spouse All of these stories it's like I can hear my self watching my loved one and family go through this is destroying all of us. He has had shortness ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:08 PM by Burn Pits
  • Brian M. "On my first tour in Iraq, i was stationed at Camp Cedar 2, the burn pit there was so bad, when ever we had to do guard duty in the ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:06 PM by Burn Pits
  • Gordon  "Lived at JBB Balad 2008-2009, Came home to throat problems, Diabetes II, High Blood pressure and a general feeling of being tired. Physical right before I went showed none ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:05 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous     "Was stationed at Balad Iraq 2008-2009, Noticed plume of smoke rising from the camp both day and night and the smell of burning plastic every where in the camp ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:05 PM by Burn Pits
  • Wife of Active Duty My husband was deployed to LSA Anaconda in 2007-2008 for 14 months. Since then he's had constant sinus problems. At any given time, he can't breath out ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:04 PM by Burn Pits
  • Roy I am 43 years old.I went to Iraq in Jan. 2010.I was i there as a DoD contractor assigned to Camp Liberty.I had no prior military and ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 2:03 PM by Burn Pits
  • Mitch I was in Uzbekistan in 2005. it was winter and the incinerator would blow the smoke out all night and when the air was heavy and still you could walk ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2010, 10:04 AM by Burn Pits
  • HoffmanM I was at FOB Hope in Sadr City in 2005/6. EVERYTHING went into the burn pit that was 100 yards from the billets. Anyone on that side of the ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2010, 10:03 AM by Burn Pits
  • Lori I am 42 years old. My story begins back in October of 2008 when I deployed to Balad, Iraq as a DOD civilian to work there for 6 months.Since ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2010, 10:03 AM by Burn Pits
  • KBR Employees My brother and I were both at LSA Anaconda (Balad). He was there in 2004. He developed an unexplained spleen issue and lost a lot of his platelets. He had ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2010, 10:02 AM by Burn Pits
  • Dennis This is an update of my previous post of April of 2009.  Since that time I continued to have sinus infections that did not respond to antibiotics, and had to ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2010, 8:42 AM by Burn Pits
  • KBR Operations Man Regardless of any formal movement for damages; Burn pits that consumed everything unwanted or no longer useful (except medical waste), were used at every Forward Operating Base to which I ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2010, 1:21 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous my platoon was in charge of dumping and maintaining the burn pit at LSA Anacondia 03` - 04`.   We were the 2nd group on base to the best of my knowledge ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2010, 1:18 PM by Burn Pits
  • LTC Ripley I was first at COP Meade, Camp Stryker, Camp Liberty, and Camp Victory from 2008 through 2009.  They had my CHU next to the Burn Pit on the downwind side ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2010, 1:16 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous My Husband was deployed to Balad March of 04 to March of 05. While he was there he started to become ill. After he returned home he was diagnosed with ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2010, 12:55 PM by Burn Pits
  • ANG SSGT I deployed to JBB in 2007 and also in 2008.  I worked in an area that was not far from the burn pit.  5 months after returning from Iraq in ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2010, 12:54 PM by Burn Pits
  • DoD Civilian I was assigned a position at BAIP (Baghdad Int'l Airport) in April 2009. 1 March 2010 I transferred and began my assignment at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.  I am ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2010, 12:53 PM by Burn Pits
  • Joshua Tanton While I was in Qalat, Afghanistan I made several trips to the burn pit. Everything from lithium and alkaline batteries, to everyday trash and even body parts were dumped in ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:15 AM by Burn Pits
  • Rhonda S. Matchett I was stationed at Balad Air Base from May 05- Aug 05. I got used to the bombings and traumas since I worked at the Hospital on Base, but never ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:14 AM by Burn Pits
  • Rocky-D I was in Fallujah in 2006. We (U.S./Iraqi forces) were helping re-establish the city's public service departments (i.e. sanitation dept.) Some one felt it was ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:13 AM by Burn Pits
  • Trevor Ramsay I was in Sadre City from april 2003 to April 2004.We were stationed at camp Marlboro, which was an old cigarette factory.The Iraqi's burn everything all day ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:11 AM by Burn Pits
  • Tsgt I was stationed at Balad from Jan-May 2008. I lived in H-6 housing right near the burn pit and worked on the flightline. I had bronchitis twice in ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:10 AM by Burn Pits
  • SMLADDY I was in Iraq all of 2005, I was 17 miles west of Balad at Camp Ashraf. We had the same burn pit as they did but on a smaller ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:12 AM by Burn Pits
  • Cage This my story and I am sticking to it, in 2003-2004 I was sent to Iraq along with others who have started having the same problems as me and ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:08 AM by Burn Pits
  • Wife of Reservist My husband is in the Reserves and was stationed in Balad for 6 months in 2006.  He started having numbness and pain in this feet.  He went to the clinic ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2010, 7:06 AM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous I was stop loss and then deployed to Balad, Iraq from February 2004 to February 2005. I used to run 6 miles a day easily and work out. I ran ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:32 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous With my National Guard unit, I was stationed at Bagram Air Base from January to June of 2004.  Every day I made a PT run around the base, with my ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:30 PM by Burn Pits
  • Carole Bartoo I wanted to share a story about Dr. Robert Miller here at Vanderbilt and the soldiers he is working with to get a definitive diagnosis for service related exercise induced ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:29 PM by Burn Pits
  • Rigo  I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, CML after returning from a tour in Iraq.  I was stationed in Camp Taji, Iraq and made frequent trips to the burn pits ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:28 PM by Burn Pits
  • At LBS I was at Log Base Seitz 05/06 which is outside of Liberty or the Victory BIAP Complex. The smoke from the burn pit on Liberty wasn't far from ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:27 PM by Burn Pits
  • Buck  I served in Balad in 2005 and Tikrit in 2009. About three months after returning in 2009 I had difficulty going up a flight of stairs due to shortness of ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:26 PM by Burn Pits
  • Toni I was in Balad from Oct 2005 to Jan 2006. I now have unexplained costochondritis (inflammation of the chest wall). I have also been diagnosed with "exercise induced" asthma, which ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:23 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous I was deployed to Balad in Jan 07, I was on the flight line close to the burn pit.  I would finish my 12 hour shift daily with a headache ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2010, 3:22 PM by Burn Pits
  • Shadowman 1982 I sat in a large open field that was a conglomerate of burn pits around the south side of Falluja for days and days on end trying to catch IED ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2010, 1:20 PM by Burn Pits
  • Gregory I served at Balad AB in Iraq in 2007.  I remember coughing and sneezing a lot while I was there.  I would blow my nose and the kleenex would have ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2010, 1:19 PM by Burn Pits
  • Lisa & David Rounds Our son, Spc. Andrew Rounds, was exposed to burn pit smoke during his tour in Iraq.  He was also exposed to explosions of the ammo-cache dump in 2004. He ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2010, 1:18 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous I was stationed on Balad for 10 months during 2004-2005.  About half way thru my deployment i began having allergic reactions to some colones and perfumes.  When some people ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2010, 1:17 PM by Burn Pits
  • Fran I was in Bagram in 03 and Balad 07-08. I never had any problems with my lungs, but since returning from Balad I have had chronic sinus infections and ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2010, 1:16 PM by Burn Pits
  • AFBADGER I was deployed to Bagram AB Aug 08-Jan09.  I never had any breathing problems up until then.  When I arrived there I was able to run a 1.5 ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2010, 1:15 PM by Burn Pits
  • Shane I am still active duty AF and I was assigned to an Army task force at Balad in 2004.  Since returning I've had a lot of problems breathing through ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2010, 1:14 PM by Burn Pits
  • Rivas I had deployed to Afghanistan 2005-2006 the FOB I lived on had a large Burn pit 75-100 M from our tents.  Everyday the smoke would pass through the ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:43 PM by Burn Pits
  • Joseph Elliot Gerard Ferguson I was diagnosed with sleep apnea by a Colonel at the Walter Reed Army Medical center in 2005. I was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was concerned about ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:42 PM by Burn Pits
  • Shellback Non-Smoker... Healthy with improving PT scores up to my deployment to Balad.Spent a year there, went to sic call once for breathing problems. It was during the middle ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:41 PM by Burn Pits
  • Kevin I recently departed Balad Air base as a fire fighter.  Part of my responsibilities as a fire fighter was to inspect facilities through the base for fire safety deficiencies.  One ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:40 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous I was stationed at JBB from May - Sep 09, and my CHU was located across the street from the PAX terminal.  On several occasions I’d wakened with the taste ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:38 PM by Burn Pits
  • Pilot Deployed to Ali (Talil) AB, Iraq in 2007.  I run every day, and did while deployed, on a daily basis.  After the first two days on the base, came down ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:37 PM by Burn Pits
  • J Lash I am active duty Air Force.  I was deployed to Kirkuk AB, Iraq in 06 and Camp Victory in 08.  After I came back from my first Iraq deployment, I ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:36 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous I was assigned to LTF 530 on Seitz Annex, which was positioned directly off the end of the BIAP runway for the entire year 2005-2006.  The Liberty, Slayer & Seitz ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:35 PM by Burn Pits
  • Richard Walston While at Camp Anaconda (Balad, Iraq) in 2004 it was routine to see daily open pit burning. What was really insane was the winds seemed to frequently blow the smoke ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:33 PM by Burn Pits
  • Anonymous I am in the middle of a deployment to Camp Liberty, Iraq. The air on some nights can be very bad, to the point that the smell is nauseating, even ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2010, 1:32 PM by Burn Pits
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Sandra T., MSgt, USAF

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:57 PM by S.R. Sidarth

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 have constant pain in my lungs, cant breathe, cough, sleep apnea, cysts in myliver, deep scaring/globs in my lungs, had to quit MSW program due to memory problems, fatique, etc. Close to having to stop work. Pushing to keep working to pay bills.

Scott K

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:57 PM by S.R. Sidarth

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 the balad burn pit, you would wake up with this taste on your tounge, in the past few yrs my breathing has gotten worse, I don't smoke and when I come up out of the dry docks stairs, folks that do smoke just pass me by, because I need to make several stops, I have gained alot of weight since then, and thats not even in my family, if you have symptoms like this please email me at kilts210-at-aol-dot-com

Bobby

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:56 PM by S.R. Sidarth

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 to over look me and discharge me without my acknowledgement because I was a contractor. It's a shame I have good memories from my time but this was a nightmare when ever I had to pass the pit and knew what they where burning.. God bless you all.. because VA will be hearing my story shortly...

Bob

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:55 PM by S.R. Sidarth

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 be covered in soot and ash.  I now have IBS, and bleeding intestines, as well as polyps and glowths in my colon.  Two of the guys that I was at Balad with have died of intestinal cancers, and I'm terrified.

Franklin Lowe

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:55 PM by S.R. Sidarth

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, chronic migraines, and skin rashes all the time.  There was a report published by the VA some time back documenting the chemicals and health problems from that burn pit.  However the VA still continues to deny my claims

satx1

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:54 PM by S.R. Sidarth

I was at kandahar 05-06 burn pits were common nothing was talked about. while i was at f o b summerall,in bayji iraq,we burned every thing you name it we burned it we had 1 k b r guy and 2 guys from nepal,or india and not much supervision,every thing in our chu,s smelled like the burn pit,i spent many a,hour around there lookin for material,are used elec,parts when we didnt have what we needed.never did see a mask on anyone...

Steve

posted May 24, 2012, 1:45 AM by S.R. Sidarth

"I never thought to attribute my ongoing health issues to my Balad deployments -- but reading through these accts makes me wonder as is seems alot of people's health made a huge turn after being deployed in and around burn pits.
Deployed from May-Sep 2006 and Jan-May 2007 I guess I had my share of being exposed by the blk cloud the seemingly always hung over H5 ever morning.  It was a nasty smog of sorts... you could taste it those days -- seriously.
Pre-deployment I had been diagnosed w/hypothroidism and maybe had one allergy to my home town Mtn Junipers... 
Now post deployment I have been effectively rendered breathing useless -- I have been diagnosed as having allergies to every thing a person can be allergic to... which has resulted in me having not ability to run without being asthma like out of breath (ultimately got kicked out of the USAF cause I couldn't run). Medical prescribed allergy meds for four yrs but never got to the root of the problem.  Other issues I've acquired since: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Migraines... the list goes on... Whoever thought it was the easy thing to do -- burn waste - should be held accountable... to bad they probably never will!"

ssg(ret jericho beauchamp

posted May 24, 2012, 1:45 AM by S.R. Sidarth

Stage 4 cancer survivor from this burn pit crap,read my other post.I need a real chance at tsgl,why do we not count?! That wrong!it states where we qualify but I get denied.hell I want to talk to the president and see his insight on me getting denied.that's the only way to possibly defend myself.I have contacted mccains arizona office-20min voicemail,no he didn't call back,met affiliate to the obamam administration and asked him,he said I don't know referring to what the president is going to do about soldiers getting cancer from the burn pits"I don't know"was the answer. Took my # down and never called back(I was the only# they took down)u tell me our govt isn't corrupt.I gave 14 yrs to protect this country and this is how diseased soldiers get repaid.killerlooks75 on. The yahoo if u have some real inisight on what I can do to get approved like people who don't deploy and get in alcohol related car accidents and still get tsgi.this makes me sick!

ssg(ret)jericho n beauchamp

posted May 24, 2012, 1:44 AM by S.R. Sidarth

"I had a stage 4 cancer from the burnpits in iraq from our govt and kbr to my throat.I got 30% for the cancer the army takes blame for by saying""service connceted from iraq"" denied tsgli,twice,aw2,denied,grants denied.I almost dies because of the ignorant shortcuts thr govt takes.they took 95 lymph node,my juggler vein and the long 
e to muscle along my neck making me look like an aids patient for the rest of my life.denied for aw2 because I had to have terminal cancer to qualify,no bs-patti walker aw2 ft riley.tsgli-denied when it states that diseases and illnessses don't count ecept ffor accidental injection of chemical substances or hazardous materials-deinied.HOWEVER a person who is in for less than a yr and gets in an alcohol related car accident where he was drinking(met this dk) he gets 50 grand to buy a new truck.my comrade gets aw2 because he had pins in his hand,but I get cancer from our govt and don't get crap.the govt has pretty much ruined my looks and life including my teeth and not lettingme know I had a follow up appt to see oral surgery after radiation and chemo which screwed 14 of my teeth(I had perfect teeth before)I have a statement on my oncologist half saying there is no way I got this in the u.s. and 2 oncologists sai 32 when I got this.YETi still got screwed even when I had a small video of me by a burnpit at anaconda and pictures.I am truly"

R. Wahl

posted May 24, 2012, 1:43 AM by S.R. Sidarth

I was part of the 51st Transportation Company (PLS), 181st Trans Bn, 3rd COSCOM and we were there at Anaconda (AKA Sustainer Army Airfield) Balad in early May 2003 as part of OIF. We were tasked with making daily runs to the burn pits; but we had to man three guard towers adjacent to the pits, < 20 meters from our towers. These daily shifts were E-5 and below; two guards per shift, 12 hours at a time. We ate, sat and waited out there in towers 20' off the ground. We were inhaling plumes of chemical smoke so bad, we used our brown t-shirts to try to buffer the smoke. I was an E-5 at the time and I pulled my fair share of both trash burning and guard duty. Soon after our tour at Balad, I returned to Mannheim and obtained my first prescription for what I thought was heartburn. Seven years later, I am an Army officer diagnosed with severe GERD and will require laptic band surgery to repair it. I was in excellent physical condition but find my quality of life deteriorating as my stomach. I managed using OTC, prescription meds of all brands and compositions as well as frequent endoscopic surgeries to be told there is nothing short of surgery they can do.

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