Scott talks to Tara Copp about her research on cancer rates among military veterans, particularly air force pilots, whose powerful radar systems may be a contributing factor to multiple types of cancers. Copp reminds us that causality is very difficult to establish in complex studies like this, but wants to lay out the astounding numbers of servicemen and women who are contracting and dying from cancer at young ages, many of whom have been exposed to probable carcinogens like depleted uranium and open burn pits. Awareness of these stories is valuable because it may cause the military to investigate some of their own practices more closely.
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Tara Copp is the national military and veterans affairs correspondent for McClatchy. She has reported extensively through the Middle East, Asia and Europe to cover defense policy and its impact on the lives of service members. She was previously the Pentagon bureau chief for Military Times and a senior defense analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She is the author of the award-winning book The Warbird: Three Heroes. Two Wars. One Story.
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