The suits say KBR’s actions resulted in illnesses and death. That seems like an obvious assumption: In the United States, we are not allowed to burn trash in large open pits because it’s a health hazard.
Troops can tell you. It settled like smog over their housing areas, leaving a layer of black soot on their furniture and turning wet towels placed over air conditioners black by morning.
Just as with Agent Orange and Gulf War illness, the government needs civilian help and oversight to figure this one out.
But here’s another thought: Dioxin is one of the toxins released when burning trash—the same chemical that caused issues in Agent Orange.
If we had addressed, researched, created treatments and believed the troops back in the 1970s when they became sick, it’s possible we would know exactly what to do for this generation’s veterans.