Gulf War Fallout: Depleted Uranium

Two Gulf War-era veterans claim the fallout from combat will come in the form health effects from chemical exposure, including depleted uranium weapons used by Allied Forces to pierce through armor and buildings. For the past three months, Elias Johnson investigated the story, trying to understand how two, out of four men from the same unit developed brain tumors, fifteen years after six-month deployment.

Click here to read the full story.

Post a Comment
 

 
Comments
Kramer - 2/20/2014 3:05 PM
0 Votes
how's the Veterans Admin. per4ormance since the (press)revelations during the Iraq war? any reporters (or just repeaters) out there?

Kramer - 2/20/2014 3:04 PM
0 Votes
guess we can continue to ignore poorly educated "journalists", and stick to criticising those exercizing freedom of speech, right? If this had been more readable, I would have bothered to finish. & where do U get off assuming my motivation(s)? stay out of the KPitchen, then

oldguyincc - 2/19/2014 10:32 PM
1 Vote
Kramer, you're a real piece of work. This a story about a former Marine, who has been shamefully treated, like many other veterans of all of the services, by the government in the service of which he was injured. And all you can do is criticize spelling and punctuation.

Kramer - 2/19/2014 2:46 PM
0 Votes
Nv4: that would be "caustic" materials; and Veterans Affairs, no ' (it's plural).

Reno Deano - 2/19/2014 9:33 AM
0 Votes
Here is a pretty factual dissertation on Depleted Uranium and its uses and risks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium Dean Chaney, CHP

Reno Deano - 2/19/2014 9:25 AM
0 Votes
"Depleted Uranium" does not mean there is no Uranium there. Depleted means the useful (fissile) U-235 isotope (including other fissile isotopes of Uranium) have been removed. U-238 is not a fissile isotope. Most of the radioactivity is from daughter products and they come from residual Uranium. It takes approx. 1600 years after U-238 decays to Radium 226 for lead to appear. Depleted Uranium munitions are generally encased or alloyed in a thin layer of metal, and handling them is a relatively low risk operation. Exploded depleted munitions and their targets are another story as to the risk involved. Dean Chaney, CHP

Trzo9veuha - 12/3/2013 11:54 AM
0 Votes
As described in its very name, "depleted" uranium is not radioactive and is actually a hardened lead alloy. Didn't any of you actually listen in high school chemistry class?

willmc4 - 11/23/2013 9:29 PM
0 Votes
Time to stop participating in these useless, wasteful and nonproductive wars. We have not won any of these conflicts and Iraq was simply an exercise to make the corporate machine wealthier. Some 5 thousand are dead just from this last conflict and that is our side of it...think of the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed. How would we like it if some super nation came to blow us?

buacl - 11/21/2013 8:16 PM
1 Vote
This is certainly troubling, although nothing new to our Veterans. I have a friend who's son was injured due to an ied that killed the doctor he was transporting and he has severe headaches, seizures and a complete personality change and sleeping habits. It took the VA over six years to even say that an explosion would have caused these symptoms. (that was before 2007) These people went where most of us sitting at home fear, and the government tries to fight and deny when they are sick and they need help. You would expect the government to pay the healing costs and not worry about their cover-up lies,- that "we do it only the safe way". The first insult is that they say it wasn't caused by anything we asked you to do. The injury is that they won't accept responsibility and treat. The faith is lost when they won't be accountable and make you prove something when obviously, you were in great health for them to accept you. -When the government puts people in harms way -And then LIES about it, the soldiers should get more than insurance and a pension. They should receive monetary value on the quality of the life that they had before.

BDeckwa - 11/21/2013 5:17 PM
0 Votes
They will have to get together and file a class action suit against the VA. Thios is reminisant to the Agent Oranange and PTSD suits that went onafter Viet Nam. The government will deny, deny, deny. They will lie to the public that no uranium was used. vLook what they did for the Vets after they sat through the A-bomb blasts in Nevada. Denied them benefits until they were almost gone. No one was left to collect the token payments that were given. The Government is not good to the Veterans. Don't worry, we have a great VA if you have time to sit around the lobby waiting to be seen.
NEWSCASTS ON DEMAND

What's On

All content © Copyright 2013 Intermountain West Communications Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
You may also view our Sitemap

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.