‘Burn pits’ at overseas bases make veterans sick


NPR: Veterans dealing with health problems caused by huge burning piles of trash and waste.

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NPR: Veterans dealing with health problems caused by huge burning piles of trash and waste.

“What people don’t understand is just how large some of these bases really are, I mean they’re small cities,” Patricia Kime tells NPR’s David Greene. She’s a health care and medicine reporter for Military Times. She says soldiers reported seeing dark plumes of smoke hanging heavy in the air.

“So these are open-air pits where they would light it on fire and quite often they ran 24-hours a day,” she says.

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