[Marxism] US Army Troops Positive For, Guardsmen Complain Of, Depleted Uranium Illness

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Mon Apr 12 18:00:26 MDT 2004


[From:           	Rick Rozoff ]

1) US Soldiers Screened For Depleted Uraniuam
Poisoning After Four Test Postive
2) Sick National Guardsmen Blame Depleted Uranium



1)
http://www.nbc4.tv/health/2995934/detail.html


Associated Press
April 12, 2004

Soldiers Tested For Depleted Uranium Contamination


-Five tested positive for depleted uranium. 


NEW YORK -- The Army says it will test soldiers
returning from Iraq who fear they might have been
contaminated by depleted uranium. 

The action follows the health complaints of soldiers
in the 442nd Military Police Company. 

Six members of the company fell ill after returning to
New York from Iraq. They had unexplained rashes,
headaches and blood in their urine, among other
symptoms.  

Five tested positive for depleted uranium. The tests
were administered by a private physician when the Army
refused to test. 

The military uses depleted uranium, which is far less
radioactive than natural uranium, in armor-piercing
weapons. 
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2)
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2810214.php


The Army Times
By Jane McHugh 
Times staff writer 


Sick Guard members blame depleted uranium


-During war fighting, when the projectiles are fired
or the plating blown up, DU particles become airborne,
seep into the water and sink into the ground, entering
the food chain. People ingest DU without even knowing
it. 
Some veterans groups blame DU for Gulf War syndrome.


Headaches and joint aches, ever-present nausea,
overpowering fatigue and pain when swallowing. 
Those are among the symptoms reported by a group of
military police officers who were evacuated out of
Iraq for other injuries, mostly orthopedic. 

Must be radiation poisoning, the sick soldiers from
the New York National Guard’s 442nd MP Company think. 

The Army says that tests so far don’t support that,
though medical experts continue to test 442nd
soldiers. 

“The Army basically said it was battle fatigue, that
it was all in my head,” said Sgt. Agustin Matos of the
442nd, who is in medical hold at Fort Dix, N.J. He
said he and three buddies tested for above-average
levels of toxic depleted uranium. 

Depleted uranium is formed when enriched uranium is
separated from natural uranium in the making of fuel
for nuclear reactors. The “DU” is recycled by the
defense industry into anti-tank projectiles and tank
armor plating. 

During war fighting, when the projectiles are fired or
the plating blown up, DU particles become airborne,
seep into the water and sink into the ground, entering
the food chain. People ingest DU without even knowing
it. 

Some veterans groups blame DU for Gulf War syndrome. 

The 442nd, whose soldiers are mostly police officers,
firefighters and prison guards from the New York City
area, is supposed to report back to the Dix
demobilization station in a few weeks. 

Because of the evacuated soldiers who have complained
about DU-type symptoms, the entire company will be
tested for radiation exposure upon arrival, said a
senior Army physician who spoke on condition of
anonymity. 

Late last year, nine stateside medical hold soldiers
in the 442nd were tested by one of the world’s
preeminent authorities on nuclear medicine, Dr. Asaf
Durakovic, who is on the staff at Georgetown
University Medical School. Durakovic is an Army
veteran of Operation Desert Shield and has worked at
Veterans Affairs hospitals. 

Durakovic couldn’t be reached for comment. But
according to The New York Daily News, which hired him
to do the testing, four of the nine, “almost
certainly” in Durakovic’s words, inhaled radioactive
dust, probably from exploded American shells made from
DU. 

Matos was identified as one of the four. “Basically,
it’s in our lungs and there’s no treatment. It’s
almost like asbestos, there’s nothing you can do about
it,” he told Army Times. 

Sgt. Jerry Ojeda said he was one of the five who
tested for “acceptable” levels of DU. Yet he said in a
telephone interview that he feels sick, with tiredness
during the day and sleeplessness at night, pounding
headaches, body aches and lack of sex drive. 

The Army physician said urine samples collected by the
Army on April 2 will be tested at Walter Reed, the
Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive
Medicine (CHPPM), and the Centers for Disease Control.


“These soldiers have a lot of medical concerns and
we’re going to help them as best we can,” the doctor
said. “But exposure to depleted uranium does not cause
headaches, rashes, overactive bladder or anything like
that. Uranium naturally occurs in the environment and
every day you eat, drink and breathe it.” 

The 442nd soldiers in medical hold were in Samawah,
Diwanaya and Najaf. In Samawah last summer, they
camped at a huge dilapidated train depot and train
repair yard. Coalition soldiers from the Netherlands
looking for a place to camp had measured “high levels
of radioactive material” at the depot and moved far
away from it, Ojeda said. 



 





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