Report on Arizona Star website regarding sick Iraq war vets. Soldiers who served in a region of Iraq populated by unregulated industrial plants are coming down with various types of cancer at alarming rates. The soldiers are also concerned about their exposures to depleted uranium. The substance is used to coat munitions and is used to help the munitions penetrate armor better. A fine dust is dispersed when the munitions explode, exposing those in the area to the dust particles.
Congress has ordered a study on depleted uranium exposures. Congress is also looking at a “DU” bill, that would identify vets exposed to DU and provide for medical testing. This is a subject that unfortunately might be around for a while. Hopefully it will be addressed in a more timely manner than agent orange was.