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Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Burn Pits" Blamed For Veterans' Illnesses: Local Family Raising Awareness

"Burn Pits" Blamed For Veterans' Illnesses: Local Family Raising Awareness

Captain Torres served in the military for 21 years before coming home from Iraq in 2008. Ever since then he and his family have been engaged in a different fight: the fight for Leroy's health.

While serving overseas Leroy says burn pits were a constant presence. He says waste, debris and chemicals were destroyed in the fiery pits which burned 24 hours a day near his Army barracks.

As Leroy continues fighting for his own health and benefits, his wife Rosie, who we also met back in January, says she is fighting for awareness and help for everyone affected by burn pits.

Her focus: creating a national registry for burn pit victims.

"If we don't spread the word about the registry and we don't build on that then we will be the next agent orange and it will be 25 years from now before we get acknowledgment.," she said.

BurnPits360.org

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