Center of Excellence on Deployment-Related Lung Disease

Iraq veteran Dr. Richard Meehan testing air quality in a dust storm in the Middle East.

As a nation, we depend upon our military personnel to defend us against serious threats to our freedom and well-being. Sadly, many who survive their deployment and return to the United States are left with considerable disabilities, including lung injury and diseases. One survey suggests that war fighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer asthma, bronchiolitis and other severe respiratory diseases at about twice the rate of veterans stationed elsewhere. 

These conditions can cause tremendous individual suffering and cost the nation billions of dollars in lost wages, veterans benefits compensation and health care costs. Suspected causes are environmental exposures to garbage burn pits, dust storms, industrial emissions and fires. The long-term health consequences of these exposures remain largely unidentified, and current treatment options are limited and often rely on standard clinical practices that may not be optimal for these disabled soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, who were fit and vigorous before deployment.

What is Deployment-Related Lung Disease?
Why Are Lung Diseases Striking Our Veterans?
Translational Research Program Goals
Faculty Publications

Contact Information

Catie Stroup
Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
1400 Jackson St.
Denver, CO 80218


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Last Updated: 7/2016