Burn pits behind Fred Slape's living quarters at Forward Operating Base Ramrod, Afghanistan, in 2009. The pit burned all day every day unless a general or the Secretary of Defense was visiting. It was 50 feet from his living and working area.
By Oct. 21, the doctors suggested Fred be put in hospice — there was nothing further they could do for him. Later that day, the doctors came back and told Diane he was too far gone to send to hospice, so they would have to wait it out there at the hospital, she recalled.