As if we didn't have enough against the Bush Administration, here comes another charge we can lay at their feet.
It has come to light that some of our returning veterans from the Indiana National Guard are suffering from bloody noses, tumors and rashes. And tragically, one soldier has already died.
The link these soldiers have is they were all part of a unit that guarded a power plant for KBR. Yes, that KBR, subsidiary of Haliburton, formerly Dick Cheney's company. KBR had this power plant in Southern Iraq and the Indiana National Guard was used as guards for the employees and the plant itself. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't know why some of the mercenary soldiers couldn't have been used for this, but instead we used National Guard.
After several months of this guard duty, the soldiers were notified that they had been exposed to hexavalent chromium, which is a known carcinogen. This is one of the same toxins that Erin Brockovich became famous for campaigning against.
CBS has run a story on this and is doing more investigating. If this is true, then KBR needs to pony up. They need to tell the truth, they need to pay the medical for these soldiers and they need to find ways to take care of these families.
Our soldiers, sailors, marines and air force do their jobs and give up so much to protect and serve their and our country every day. Their families give up a lot too. I don't mean to take away from them at all. To see this is just another example of what Bush & Co has done to them.
Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana has announced that he will reintroduce legislation to create a medical registry for military personnel exposed to toxins. That's a vital first step towards discovering the full extent of toxic exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is critical to preventing a replay of the Agent Orange situation after Vietnam.
Every day we are finding other things that our troops have been exposed to. Burn pits and now power plants can be breeding grounds for toxic waste. One of the blogs I read and have been voting for is Army of Dude, and one of the things he has talked about is the filth he dealt with on a day to day basis while he was in Iraq. This week he was doing the 5 senses and how they reacted with everything.
Add your name to IAVA's petition, and tell KBR to come clean now.
Please take a minute and sign the petition and if you know someone who might be interested send it to them so they can sign up too. We need to protect our veterans and their families. They have protected us. They did their job. Now lets do ours.
Parts of this story was taken from a story in Huffington Post.