About Burn Pits 360
what is a burn pit
During the OEF and OIF wars, government contractors burned up to 227 metric tons of hazardous waste at forward operating bases using jet fuel in large ground pits. Items burned included: batteries, medical waste, amputated body parts, plastics, ammunition, human waste, animal carcasses, rubber, chemicals, & more. Exposure to these toxins, have caused a traumatic impact on the lives of our service members and their families. Some of the devastating health conditions suffered by Veterans exposed include: neurological disorders, pulmonary diseases, rare forms of cancer, and many unexplained symptoms. There have been thousands of deaths resulting from the invisible wounds of war.visit our support center
Burn Pits 360 Mission
Our mission is to reintegrate, restore and build resilience through facilitating the unmet needs to warriors and their families through outreach, advocacy, education and research.
Burn Pits 360 was founded in honor of Army Captain Le Roy Torres, who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years, he deployed to Balad, Iraq from 2007-2008. Captain Torres also served the State of Texas as a State Trooper for 14 years. Torres suffers from complications from illnesses that began after he was exposed to toxic fumes during service in post-9/11 Iraq. After experiencing delay, denial of benefits and ineffective treatment from his physicians he founded Burn Pits 360. Burn Pits 360 seeks to ensure that no other service member or Veteran suffers his fate and to ensure that we would make the invisible visible. “one of the greatest disservices to those who served is to become invisible”. Over the years, Captain Torres established an independent Veterans exposure registry where thousands of war heroes and their families reported the same suffering and denial of health care and benefits. Leroy and his wife combined bring over 40 years of experience working with Veterans and active duty service members and families. Leroy served 23 years in the U.S. Army and Rosie worked for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for 23 years. Together they co-founded Burn Pits 360.
Burn Pits 360 is the only non profit veterans organization advocating for those suffering from deployment related toxic exposures. As an organization we have built a registry of over 6,000 affected, lobbied for the national burn pit registry bill which was signed by former President Obama in January of 2013, spoken at rallies and symposiums on behalf of the thousands affected, and more. We work closely and diligently with doctors specializing in deployment related exposure to bring forth the newest data and recommendations regarding the effects of toxic exposure. As the denial of Specialized health care, death benefits, and service connected compensation are leading issues, our efforts are on a national level. Without a beacon, such as: the right tools and guidance, many times to the issues faced lead to suicide, divorce, financial burden, homelessness, etc.