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Seeking Military Personnel with LE Related to Burn Pits in Iraq/Afghanistan

Seeking Military Personnel with LE Related to Burn Pits in Iraq/Afghanistan

Photo Credit: Cpl. Teagan Fredericks, United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Dear LE&RN Supporting Members and Advocates,

LE&RN is fighting to get the Department of Defense and Veteran’s Administration to drastically increase its research and services impacting military personnel. We are making progress, but we need your help. (See this New York Times article, “Congress Poised to Help Veterans Exposed to ‘Burn Pits’ Over Decades of War.”)

Last year, LE&RN told Congress that over 60,000 military personnel had been exposed to toxic chemicals emanating from the burn pits of Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands of these veterans were now reporting burn-pit-related ailments such a cancer.
 

Where there are cancer treatments and bacterial infections, there is lymphedema.
 

LE&RN hosts its second annual Lobby Day in DC on March 29. We will bring this issue directly to Congress, CDC, NIH, and VA. To be effective, we need to hear from you.

If you, or someone you know, is in the military and has been diagnosed with LE that is potentially related to service in the vicinity of the burn pits, we want to hear from you. You can help us make the case that lymphedema research and treatment needs to be a government priority. Call us at (516) 625-9675 or email us at LERN@LymphaticNetwork.org.

Thank you,

William Repicci
President & CEO, LE&RN