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After 9/11, the military, in a hurry, propped up forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. They asked for assistance from private contractors for basic needs, such as waste removal. Contractors had a simple solution: Burn the trash. Now, approximately 3,700 Palmetto State veterans have put their stories on a registry claiming they have severe health ailments from the burn pits. 

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A Post and Courier analysis of five years worth of the most recent spending data from the Office of Economic Adjustment shows $13.1 billion worth of Department of Defense Contracts performed or awarded in the Palmetto State. One out of 12 jobs in South Carolina can be traced back to the military. 

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