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1/18/10: Sickened by Service

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Emily Rainwater, a Defense Contract Management Agency employee, served two tours of duty in Iraq. She now suffers from leukemia.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, Utah – Thousands of soldiers are coming home from war with respiratory illnesses, leukemia and other cancers, but no one can say for sure how they got sick. Some argue it's because of conditions on the ground in Iraq, but the science isn't there to prove it yet, so they can't receive veteran's benefits. Salt Lake Tribune military reporter Matthew LaPlante has spent the last year and a half collecting their stories and Monday, he joins Doug to talk about the mysterious illnesses of the war in Iraq.

  • Matthew LaPlante's three-part series Sickened by Service runs Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18 in the Salt Lake Tribune.
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