An American A-10 firing its 30mm gun March 23, 2006. The ammunition from this weapon is made of depleted uranium 60% as radioactive as natural uranium but containing unnatural U-236 produced in a reactor. Image by Senior Airman Christina D. Pointe of the United States Air Force.
A positive as we approach Remembrance Day
Niagara Falls, Ontario - Wednesday, November 9, 2011
by: Joe Hueglin
As we approach Remembrance Day a step forward for those who served and survived was taken today.
Veteran Affairs Minister Steven Blaney agreed to investigate the contention of veterans that illnesses they have are the result of coming into contact with depleted uranium while serving overseas.
That we are able to communicate almost instantly by internet would have been in the realm of science fiction only a few years ago. Advances have been made in diagnosing, which can determine the degree and the nature of radioactivity in our veterans. Advances have been made as well in removing the toxins from their bodies.
"It's a committee that will have a broad mandate,", Minister Blaney has promised. Expectation is the Committee will investigate each and every means of determining which view is correct: that of the Veterans Affairs Department, "it's unlikely any Canadian troops were contaminated by the substance.", or that of Pascal Lacoste and other veterans, that they continue to suffer from the effects of depleted uranium particles entering their bodies and negatively affecting them.
Both Pascal Lacoste and Minister Blaney are to be commended. Pascal, for putting his life on the line and the Minister, for undertaking to investigate every means of determining the root cause of the suffering of our veterans.