Especially in the early years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, soldiers burned their waste in big, open-air pits. They burned everything from tires, batteries, and plastic to human and medical waste.
Curtis Gibson is an Air Force veteran. He served in Afghanistan in late 2011.
“I’d see things floating in the air — burned papers — you see them floating through the air so you know you’re taking something in,” Gibson says.
He says he had a medical exam when he came home to Detroit.