Military Veterans News Headlines for January 18th, 2017

Department of Defense Requesting Biodegradable Ammunition –

Due to the large amount of ammunition that is used by the US military, the Department of Defense (DoD) is requesting an alternative that is environmentally friendly to cut down on waste. The ammo would be loaded with special seeds for plants that could break down the debris. The ammo alternatives include, but are not limited to: “low velocity 40mm grenades; 60mm, 81mm, and 120mm mortars; shoulder launched munitions; 120mm tank rounds; and 155mm artillery rounds.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratroy (CRREL) has bioengineered seeds with a delayed germination, which would provide additional time for the ammo to biodegrade. DoD hopes to source materials like water bottles, plastic containers, and composite plastics to create the rest of the ammo.
Source: Fox News

Investigation Underway at Marine Base After 13 Children Diagnosed with Cancer –

After multiple children from the same housing area in Beaufort, South Carolina were diagnosed with cancer, parents worry the cause may be linked to their previous homes at Laurel Bay. A study began in June 2015 to determine if there is, “an exposure pathway for potential health hazards,” in and around the Laurel Bay housing area, according to a spokesman from the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The results will become public once the investigation has concluded, which the parents request to be fast tracked.
Two Marine wives believe the cancer could be stemming from oil tanks that were buried near the houses. The tanks were last used in the 1980’s before being emptied out, but it was revealed in the early 2000s that 70% of the tank sites had extreme soil contamination.
One mother, Amanda Whatley, posted a Youtube video detailing her experience and child’s diagnosis in hopes of bringing the situation to light among other families who were located there. Whatley warns families who have lived at Laurel Bay to watch their children for symptoms. Melany Stawnyczyj, mother of Roman who also was diagnosed, states, “Childhood cancer is rare. We can not move slowly any more. Thirteen children is not a coincidence.”
Source: New York Times