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October 2016 Archives

Military contractors face health dangers from burn pit exposure

Military contractors working in the war-torn Middle East earn good salaries for braving the threat of enemy aggression. However, many of these civilian employees are finding out that they were struck down by friendly fire during the War on Terror and didn't even know it.

How to get your Defense Base Act claim paid

The war on terror has pulled a tremendous amount of civilian contractors into support roles in the war-torn Middle East. Non-military workers are bravely performing ordinary labor in the face of grave danger. Their salaries are generally much higher for similar work stateside, but they face considerable risk of injury and tragedy.

Ups and downs of working as a contractor overseas

The downsides of working in Iraq for the U.S. government are many and significant. They include the dangers of nearly daily violence, absence from friends and family, blistering heat, restrictions on travel and for most U.S. contractors, barriers in language and culture. But upsides exist as well for government contractors, including good pay, and the opening of career opportunities.

A U.S. military tradition: private security contractors

The American public might wish that U.S. involvement in Iraq was over, but the reality is that we have been returning troops to that war-torn nation since 2014. Early last year, we had sent 3,000 troops to Iraq with about an equal number of civilian contractors. The contractors essentially run the bases used by U.S. personnel, according to a recent report. Most are in services and supplies, while some are private security contractors (PSC).