NBC story on National Guard soldiers toxic chemical exposures in Iraq

Here is a link to a video of a recent NBC Nightly News’ story on the Army National Guard soldiers’ exposures to sodium dichromate while serving in Iraq. I’ve been representing Oregon National Guard soldiers on this matter. Larry Roberta, the first soldier interviewed, is one of my clients.

I agreed to take on these cases for many reasons. But the simplest is that there are lines that we must honor.

I can’t abide sending our soldiers to war and then ignoring their needs when they return. As a kid who grew up in the Vietnam era, I won’t sit quietly when it’s clear that our soldiers need help. This isn’t about patriotism. While it matters not a whit, I doubted from the start the wisdom of this war. That’s beside the point.

Oregon soldiers were exposed to deadly toxins while protecting the interests of a private contractor, KBR. That contractor got paid handsomely for its work. KBR must take responsibility for the harms and losses it caused our soldiers. Anything less is unacceptable.

For those interested in the case, I’ve blogged extensively on it here.

Breanne Wisdom says

my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the end there, not leave it with ‘we leave it to you to decide’.

David Sugerman says

My role and responsibility is as an advocate and an officer of the court. We'll leave it to the jury to decide.

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