Yes, w should be more concerned about future health complications for service members with exposure to uranium weapons, because these are long-term problems that come back into our communities and affect us all. These people likely have physical and emotional needs that need to be addressed. Otherwise they can lead to long-term costs or homelessness. Prevention and early treatment is key.
As a nation, we should be very concerned about members of the service and their families who have been exposed to depleted uranium weapons and ammunition. Uranium is a weakly radioactive metal that every person is exposed to in small amounts. However, excessive exposure to uranium can lead to liver toxicity and increased cancer risk. Therefore, we should be concerned about the uranium exposure of service members and their families because they were exposed to it while performing the noble task of defending our country.
Numerous studies have noted that the long-term effects of exposure to depleted uranium (DU) by service members pose health risks not only to the service members, but to members of their families. Vehicles damaged or destroyed by DU weapons are considered a health risk by military and contact is avoided by ground troops. The issue exposure to DU is in the same category as exposure to Agent Orange, from the Vietnam Era.
I don't think we should be more concerned about the health risks of those exposed to depleted uranium weapons at this time. I think it should be a concern and be monitored bty those in charge. However I don't think it is as serious of an issue right now to become mainstream concern.
I do not believe we as a nation should be more concerned about the future health complications for our service members, when they have been exposed to depleted uranium weapons. It's not that we shouldn't care about these people, it's the fact that their care is already considered and more than likely any future medical costs are covered or the majority is paid for, if they chose to use the VA. Secondly, these men chose that line of work, therefore they shouldn't be surprised when the job comes with some risks. That's precisely why some people do not join the military.