Traveled south to Adams County, Ohio where I talked with Harlen Plummer. He was in the Service for 27 years, is a past Department Commander of the of the local DAV Chapter, and regularly goes to Washington to lobby for better veteran’s benefits. And the benefits he’d like to see most is: more comprehensive ones for veterans returning with MS, TB, cancer… He said some of the cancer, for instance, is being caused by “depleted uranium,” which is used to coat bullets, missiles and other armor piercing munitions. That is, the depleted uranium is radiocative and is not only a threat to the soldiers who are handling it; but to countless civilians in Iraq. At a seminar last year on this, I learned that once one of these “hot” bullets or missiles pierce, say, a tank — the tank becomes radiocative (practically forever, because of the tremendously extended half-life of the uranium). As a result, little children playing on the abandoned tanks in Iraq (as just one example) are exposed to significant doses of radiation. In turn, the cancer rate in Iraq has increased tremendously among the general populace since the first Gulf War when depleted uranium was first used, it was pointed out at the seminar. In addition, as a natural biological progression in the general populace, birth defects have also increased significantly. What a tragic irony: We are currently fighting in Iraq over “weapons of mass destruction” that weren’t there; using, of all things, insidiously slow, long-term versions of weapons of mass destruction.