Biden Announces Plan To ID, Treat Vets’ Ills From Toxic Air

Troops march during a full honors procession honoring the centennial anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington is shown in the distance. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

(AP) — President Joe Biden is using his first Veterans Day in office to announce an effort to better understand, identify and treat medical conditions suffered by troops deployed to toxic environments. Biden has hypothesized about a potential link between his son Beau’s death from brain cancer after his return from Iraq and exposure to toxins in the air, particularly around massive pits where the military burns waste. There’s no scientific evidence to suggest that link. The president’s effort announced Thursday centers on ailments with stronger scientific links — lung problems suffered by troops who breathe in toxins. Biden plans to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

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