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Veterans complain of respiratory problems, have lungs full of titanium dust

In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. military burns everything they don't need anymore, to prevent even a scrap of usable anything from getting into someone else's hands.

They burn everything in giant burn pits. And then accidentally inhale it back in.

Study: Iraq War Veterans Sickened By Camp Victory Dust | KPBS

New research shows an unique type of titanium-filled dust, found at Camp Victory in Iraq, has been discovered in the lungs of several Iraq War veterans suffering from respiratory problems.

Dr. Anthony Szema of Stony Brook School of Medicine told USA Today that the sick veterans originally came into his VA-run allergy clinic because they were suffering from shortness of breath:

"We biopsied several patients and found titanium in every single one of them. It matched dust that we have collected from Camp Victory...

"They've inhaled metal. It's not a little; it's a lot."

Szema says there are a few theories floating about as to what caused this unique, metal-filled dust:

It may have been created by burn pits used to eliminate everything from Styrofoam to vehicles to computers to unexploded ordnance in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At Balad Air Base in Iraq, workers burned 240 tons of trash a day in an open pit a mile from servicemembers' sleeping quarters.

As Home Post previously reported, a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine suggested burn pits on military bases in Iraq were polluting the air that service members were breathing in.