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Oregon Soldiers Win $85M from KBR

33 Oregon soldiers suffered from KBR’s failure to inform them that chemicals in the oil sites were dangerous.

KBR in Iraq
Courtesy: ABC News

(PORTLAND, OR) - It is a story our Dr. Leveque has written about and also one where we know people who are directly and personally involved. has followed the stories of the Oregon National guard for many years and hope that readers will follow the link below to the article published by and learn more about this new development.

The article by's Mike Francis:

    In 2003, after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the military part of the military industrial complex (the Pentagon) hired the industrial part (KBR- Dick Cheney’s old oil company) to run a massive program called “Restore Iraq Oil”. According to the link below, it was “ intended to quickly restore the flow of Iraq’s oil, partly to fund the war.“
    Anyway, a federal court in Portland, after years of litigation, just upheld the claim by 33 Oregon National Guard soldiers that they suffered injuries from KBR’s failure to inform them that some chemicals in the oil sites they were ordered to restore were dangerous.

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Richard Matteoli November 16, 2012 9:38 am (Pacific time)

Geneva Convention non-combatants have always gone out on Patrol. Many are called CORPSMAN and properly referred to as DOC. Physicians, dentists and some other Geneva Convention non-combatant are properly referred to as SIR and they have a history of sometimes going on patrol. IMBEDDED civilian press likewise.

November 5, 2012 7:22 am (Pacific time)

Tim you were on PATROL?! Tell me Tim, what is a combat patrol to someone of your noncombatant ilk? What a..

 Tim King: Geez, I know you have a really low comprehension level, but yes, patrol.  (Afghanistan National Police: An Exercise in Survival (VIDEO))


Anonymous November 5, 2012 9:40 am (Pacific time)

I read this in the Oregonian, great news. Hopefully if there is an appeal, it will be done quickly and these soldiers will hurry and get compensated. It would be great if their attorney did not take a huge percentage, and just took a fee. Tim King, great you knew one of these people, what year were you over there? I guess the one you were with was doing multiple tours?

Tim King: Hi, I was reporting over the winter of 2006/07 mostly out of Kabul, it seems they all have done multiple tours and yes that is certainly the case with that particular soldier.  Really good guy, I know his family also.  Thanks! 

Mike Francis November 4, 2012 5:21 pm (Pacific time)

Just to be clear, the indented paragraphs above are not my words. The full story can be found at the link.

Tim King: Thanks Mike for making sure people know those words are from's Michael Munk, only designed to lead people over to your article.  Once again Mike, you are there watching over these Oregon Veterans and we all owe a great deal of thanks to you.  I was actually on a patrol one night in Kabul with one of the 33 soldiers, it is a hell of a story. 

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