Monday, March 30, 2015

New Policies and an Apology for Iraq Veterans Exposed to Chemical Weapons

Changes in the DoD’s policy towards veterans exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq are in the works.  Many servicemembers in Iraq injured by chemical weapons were exposed to the substances when road side bombs containing the agents went off near their convoys.  While many rules were in place to deal with the injuries of these veterans, the rules were being ignored or applied inconsistently across the board.  Thus, the apology from Under Secretary Brad R. Carson, who was appointed by Secretary Hagel to review the military’s policy on these injuries.  New rules are also being added to allow veterans burned by sulfur mustard gas to be entitled to a Purple Heart for their injuries. 

For more on this issue see here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/world/middleeast/army-apologizes-for-handling-of-chemical-weapon-exposure-cases.html?_r=1

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/veterans_law/2015/03/new-policies-and-an-apology-for-iraq-veterans-exposed-to-chemical-weapons.html

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