Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers

52 min. Gregory Lovett, dist. by Passion River, www.passionriver.com. 2018. DVD UPC 602573609590. $59.95. MILITARY HIST/HEALTH
The idealistic motto of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan," comes from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address. One vet suffering from an illness attributed to airborne toxins from an Iraq War burn pit parodies the motto as, "Delay, deny, hope you die," in describing the VA's actual performance. Open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan exposed thousands of U.S. troops and contractors to toxic pollutants. Much as it did earlier with Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, the VA is failing to find a link between burn pit toxins and lung disease, cancer, and deaths. Stories of the afflicted vets are presented through interviews and archival and contemporary footage.
VERDICT Our society must find a way to compensate veterans for the lingering, hidden costs of our recent wars. Highly recommended for adult collections.
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