is an informative and well-written piece by Dan Clare, who works with Disabled American Veterans.
Dan writes about the burn pit at Joint Base Balad. If you have never heard of it, it is worth educating yourself.
I served with Dan in '07 and '08: he is the real deal: a true troop advocate. He is a citizen soldier, and he works to help the troops in both his stateside and deployed jobs.
There are dangers to war, and to some extent troops accept risk as part of their duty. However some risks can be reduced, and we owe it to troops to eliminate the risks we can.