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“We’re trying to bring that awareness to the public to get Congress to start taking action,” he said. “We have an understanding with the families — we ARE the families. We are the victims, the families of victims, and we are the comrades of those we’ve watched go from perfectly healthy to getting sick and dying.”
Nationally, approximately 3.7 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits, oil well fires and sandstorms during deployments to places that include Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, said a spokeswoman for the Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes current conflicts, as well as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.