Despite concern over the COVID-19 virus, burn pit veterans have largely been ignored during the current crisis. Currently, there are over 200,000 veterans who are on the burn pit registry list. These veterans are at higher risk for COVID-19, and so far Veterans Affairs has provided a weak response to the concerns of these veterans.
Coronavirus cause for concern among burn pit veterans The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc across the country, especially among those with chronic respiratory problems and compromised immune systems. These include 9/11 first responders and veterans who were exposed to the toxic plumes that emanated from burn pits. Both groups constitute large parts of a population living with a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19. “We are taking a lot of caution,” said Will Thompson, a veteran from West Virginia, who had a double lung transplant in the past decade due to his exposure to burn pits in Mosul, Iraq. Coronavirus cause for concern among burn pit veterans
Veterans exposed to burn pits could be at higher risk for COVID-19 Army veteran Rudy Wiebe is just one of many veterans who was exposed to burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the Army veterans have contracted COVID-19. The number of veterans and servicemembers testing positive has surpassed the civilian rate. Veterans exposed to burn pits could be at higher risk for COVID-19
Veterans and military personnel face a higher risk for COVID-19 due to exposure to to chemicals. Many of these illnesses are lung related and make veterans and military personnel vulnerable. The government needs to respond to these concerns and ensure that veterans and military personnel get the care they need.
Veterans Affairs leaves burn pit veterans in the dark on coronavirus risk (Video) In the earliest days of the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. health organizations alerted people in high-risk populations of their increased susceptibility to COVID-19. The Department of Veterans Affairs, however, has failed to provide adequate warning to veterans in high-risk categories, particularly those who experience health problems relating to their exposure to burn pits and other airborne toxins during their military service. Veterans Affairs leaves burn pit veterans in the dark on coronavirus risk
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