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Burn Pit Registry (2016)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-06-17

Duration: 00:08:16

Subjects: Military | Veterans | Louisiana. Department of Veterans Affairs | Iraq War, 2003-2011 | Afghan War, 2001- | Burn pits


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Strickland, Joey Interviewee
  • Daniel, Alice Interviewee


This segment from the June 17, 2016, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s in-studio interview with Secretary Joey Strickland of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and Alice Daniel, a Gold Star Mom. They discuss: the open burn pits in military camps in Afghanistan and Iraq; the toxicity of the burn pits; the death of Alice’s son, Staff Sergeant Austin Daniel, due to his compromised immune system from his exposure to the burn pits; Louisiana’s role as the first state in the nation to start a burn pit registry; and the importance of educating military personnel, veterans, and their families about the federal and state burn pit registries. This segment is a part of the Veterans Coming Home Initiative.