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“They say that the burn pits are our generation’s Agent Orange,” explains Andrea. She had always been athletic, but when she returned from Iraq, Andrea started having a hard time keeping up with the running in her Military Reserves training due to shortness of breath. According to Andrea, Camp Bucca’s burn pits were about the size of two football fields and they burned any and all kinds of waste. Andrea had spent a day there burning documents that filled, ”three Hum-V’s,” without a respirator. Because of her lung problems she had to leave active duty just shy of ten years, and is now working with the VA in Cincinnati, Ohio to get the proper medical tests that might show that the burn pits caused her lung problems so that she can collect disability support from the military.

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The Scars She Hides
“They say that the burn pits are our generation’s Agent Orange,” explains Andrea. She had always been athletic, but when she returned from Iraq, Andrea started having a hard time keeping up with the running in her Military Reserves training due to shortness of breath. According to Andrea, Camp Bucca’s burn pits were about the size of two football fields and they burned any and all kinds of waste. Andrea had spent a day there burning documents that filled, ”three Hum-V’s,” without a respirator. Because of her lung problems she had to leave active duty just shy of ten years, and is now working with the VA in Cincinnati, Ohio to get the proper medical tests that might show that the burn pits caused her lung problems so that she can collect disability support from the military.