The US military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan inflicted untold misery on people in these countries, while also causing traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder to American soldiers.
According to a joint investigation by the Military.com and Public Health Watch, thousands of US veterans have also been diagnosed with diseases likely related to environmental hazards and toxic waste.
The report cites the case of Noah Feehan, a 38-year-old Minnesota Air National Guard master sergeant, who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called glioblastoma in December 2020.
It is still not clear why Feehan, who serves as an avionics technician, developed a rare brain cancer with an average life expectancy of 12 to 18 months that usually afflicts those in their 60s or above.
Feehan himself and other service members attribute it to years spent working around electronics and jet fuel, operating in places polluted by depleted uranium, and living alongside pits full of burning trash.