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I Served in Afghanistan, What Risks Should I Be Looking For?

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs is aware that anyone who served in Afghanistan, under Operation Enduring Freedom, from October 7th, 2001 to present day, was unfortunately at risk for being exposed to a multitude of hazardous conditions, including: 

  • Burn Pits: Troops were exposed to open-air waste disposal consisting of burning chemicals, paint, medical & human waste, munititions, petroleum, plastic, rubber, wood and discarded food.
  • Cold Injuries: Being in and around the mountain regions of Afghanistan caused troops to endure harsh winters with freezing temperatures, leading to hypothermia, frostbite and other various cold-weather conditions.
  • Depleted Uranium: The United States military used depleted uranium inside of any of their armor-piercing projectiles. The element itself is far less radioactive than traditional uranium but it is unfortunately just as toxic, and serious health problems can still result from internal exposure, inhalation and/or ingestion.
  • Mefloquine: This anti-malaria drug poses serious side-effects to many, including anxiety, paranoia, depression, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, muscle fatigue, irregular heartbeat and/or lung problems.
  • Noise: Hearing loss is a direct result of loud explosions, and can also play a major role in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Occupational Hazards: Working with heavy machinery, or industrial chemical can lead to occupational illnesses.
  • Rabies: This can be contracted through animal bites or contact with saliva from an already infected animal.
  • Sand, Dust and Particulates: Afghanistan’s southern region is primarily desert terrain and the inhalation of fine particulates is clearly unavoidable in every way.
  • Toxic Embedded Fragments: Shrapnel that is contaminated with toxic embedded fragments can potentially push deadly chemicals into the bloodstream.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/Injuries: Explosions or projectiles can produce concussive force, and can also penetrate the skull destroying brain tissue, ruining cognitive impairment.

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