NY National Guard Soldiers Contaminated by DU

New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com

From: Poisoned?
Saturday, April 3rd, 2004

Four soldiers from a New York Army National Guard company serving in Iraq are contaminated with radiation likely caused by dust from depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops, a Daily News investigation has found.

They are among several members of the same company, the 442nd Military Police, who say they have been battling persistent physical ailments that began last summer in the Iraqi town of Samawah.

"I got sick instantly in June," said Staff Sgt. Ray Ramos, a Brooklyn housing cop. "My health kept going downhill with daily headaches, constant numbness in my hands and rashes on my stomach."

A nuclear medicine expert who examined and tested nine soldiers from the company says that four "almost certainly" inhaled radioactive dust from exploded American shells manufactured with depleted uranium.

Laboratory tests conducted at the request of The News revealed traces of two manmade forms of uranium in urine samples from four of the soldiers.

For the entire article, go to: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/180333p-156685c.html

From: Soldiers: Army Ignores Illness Complaints - Depleted Uranium

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer

April 9, 2004

NEW YORK - Six soldiers who have fallen ill since their return from Iraq (news - web sites) said Friday that the Army ignored their complaints about uranium poisoning from U.S. weapons fired during combat.

They also said they were denied testing for the radioactive substance.

"We were all healthy when we left home. Now, I suffer from headaches, fatigue, dizziness, blood in the urine, unexplained rashes," said Sgt. Jerry Ojeda, 28, who was stationed south of Baghdad with other National Guard members of the 442nd Military Police Company.

For the entire article, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Soldier-Testing.html


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