Support the Troops (4/365) Blog action day for Climate Change
Today is blog action day, when bloggers around the world all coordinate to draw attention to a single issue. The topic this year is climate change.
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I'll have to focus my discussion on a very specific climate: the atmosphere floating over Joint Base Balad in Iraq.
When I visited in 2005 and 2007, the majority of our waste was burned in an open pit. A column of noisome smoke would bellow fort from this pit 24 hours a day. When the wind came from the North from midday on to evening, the clouds of smoke would lay low over the hospital and fill our halls with the stench of burning plastic and soot.
This brings me to my suggestion on how to help the troops: We can all do our part to demand the best conditions for our troops serving far away.
One hero of mine is Debbie (Ms. Sparky) who is tireless in her mission to call attention to poor living conditions for the troops, and calling for prompt improvements.
Congress is investigating into claims that the burn pits are responsible for troop illness.
Meredith and I will run the Marine Corps Marathon this fall as part of Team Fisher House. We will be raising money to support the Fisher Houses, homes away from home for families of injured troops undergoing treatment at military medical centers.
Thank you for visiting. I am Chris Coppola, a pediatric surgeon. I was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007 with the US Air Force. As a trauma surgeon at a combat support hospital in Balad, Iraq (42 miles north of Baghdad), I treated injured troops, detainees, civilians, and children. My experiences are published by NTI Upstream. Drop by here for updates and discussions about our troops and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.