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I’m a Marine who was exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq. Republicans have turned their backs on veterans like me.
On Thursday, 41 Republicans in Washington blocked a bill that would have “expanded medical coverage for millions of combatants exposed to toxic burn pits during their service.” On Thursday, 41 Republicans in Washington made it clear that they don’t give a d*mn about veterans.
This is personal for me. It was 2009. I was stationed at the Al Taqaddum Airbase where I was a Marine Captain leading a police training team.
Twelve Marines and a Navy Corpsman. Running missions through Habbaniyah, Fallujah, and Ramadi. It was my first of three tours of duty during the War on Terror. And from our camp, the base’s burn pit loomed over us.
Smoke columns filled the sky and blew through our living space. We ran through it, joking about how we should be doing gas mask runs. For three months that pit bathed us in toxic fumes. We accepted it and focused on our duty.
For me, that was planning our routes and pouring