Army veteran blames fibromyalgia on fume exposure

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Brandon Garrison is a U.S. Army veteran who believes some of his health problems may be linked to fume exposure during the war in Afghanistan. He suffers from multiple health problems including fibromyalgia and believes the time he spent near the burn pits affected him long-term. He is not the only veteran who is concerned about the fumes from the burning of hazardous waste during the wars.

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Brandon Garrison reveals that some of his health problems are easy to explain based on his time in Afghanistan. His post-traumatic stress disorder is directly linked to the time he spent at war, but his other health issues seem to have no justification. He suffers from fibromyalgia, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and low testosterone. He blames the burn pits at Bagram Airfield for exposing him to hazardous fumes for a long period of time.

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The Army veteran estimates he made multiple trips per day to the burn pits to get rid of items ranging from old batteries to medical waste. The pits are open, and the fumes are intense. He believes the entire base at Bagram Airfield was exposed to the fumes because they were impossible to escape. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs admits that burn pits were used in both Afghanistan and Iraq during the wars, but it states research does not indicate veterans are suffering long-term problems. Brandon Garrison disagrees with the idea that the impact of a burn pit is temporary. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs points out soldiers were also exposed to dust storms and high pollution levels while overseas. It has created an Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to collect data about soldiers and veterans who experience health problems.

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