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Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned its Soldiers 2017

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Passion River Films, 154 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren, NJ 07059; 732-321-0711
Produced by Greg Lovett
Directed by Greg Lovett
DVD, color, 88 min.

High School - General Adult
Veterans, Persian Gulf Syndrome, Persian Gulf War, 1991, Iraq War, 2003-2011, Health Sciences, Military, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Social Work, Sociology

Date Entered: 10/26/2018

Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA

This production is a look at how “unintended consequences” work in the real world. There was “Agent Orange” in Vietnam, “Gulf War Syndrome” from Desert Storm, and now we have a look at how the military’s use of “burn pits” to dispose of anything which was considered trash – everything from human waste to computers and furniture has been burned near United States’ military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The consequence is that thousands upon thousands of uniformed and civilian personnel have breathed in the toxic fumes and suffered from debilitating illnesses. Using interviews with those afflicted, VA doctors, and various advocates for the veterans, we see how the system has let down and not supported those who have given so much for their country. Seeing a wife helping her husband pour nutrient into his abdominal feeding tube may be a jolt to the viewer and speaks volumes.


  • Winner, Award of Merit, Impact Docs! Award