Joe Biden links military burn pits to Beau Biden’s cancer


Burn pits were a commonly-used method to get rid of waste in Afghanistan and Iraq, torching anything from paints and tires and electronics to human waste and medical supplies.  

These pulverized materials, as well as the chemicals used to burn them, can be toxic to humans.

The toxins can affect the eyes, respiratory system, digestive system and cardiovascular system.

The fumes are particularly damaging to people who stand close to the fumes.

But regardless of proximity, the fact that the pits were open-air meant they caused more pollution than other methods like incinerators, and affected more people. 

A US Army soldier watches water that had gone bad burn in a burn-pit at Forward Operating Base Azzizulah in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, February 4, 2013

While the Department of Veterans Affairs has not found a direct link between burn pits and health woes, it has set up a registry for compensation for veterans that believe their health issues to be linked to the pits. 

Tens of thousands of former soldiers have signed up to the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, for which they must pass an eligibility questionnaire.

The chemicals generated are the same ones found in Agent Orange, a chemical that was used by the US military in Vietnam between 1961 and 1971 to kill the forests which Vietnam troops used as cover. It has since been linked to scores of deaths. 

But according to Rosie Torres, founder of Burn Pits 360, an advocacy group for sickened veterans, the burn pits have been even more damaging. 

‘It’s killing soldiers at a much higher rate than Agent Orange did in the Vietnam Era,’ Torres told Fox News. ‘Soldiers from that war were seen dying in their 50’s, 60’s or 70’s. Now with the soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, we are seeing them die in their early 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.’

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