Deaths from Depleted Uranium
The latest death toll from Depleted Uranium, the highly toxic weapons component, is now up to 11,000 soldiers. Lauren Moret has named depleted uranium as the definitive cause of Gulf War Syndrome, which has killed 11,000 of the soldiers who served in the first Gulf War.
56% of the soldiers who fought in the first Gulf War have permanent medical problems. For a comparison, there was a 10% disability rate for Viet Nam war veterans. For both World Wars it was 5%.
According to the executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law, “the Veterans Affairs secretary was aware of this fact as far back as 2000. He and the Bush administration have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret’s report, it is far too big to hide or to cover up......The long-term effect of Depleted Uranium is a virtual death sentence.”
How’s this for supporting our troops? Do you think our soldiers are harmed more by A) anti-war protesters and liberal media; or B) depleted uranium? Don’t worry, if you have a yellow ribbon decal on your car, you’ve done your part.
Counting both Gulf wars, the total number of veterans on disability is over 518,000.
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