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Lawmakers ask Defense Department to settle with soldiers who say oil field sickened them


PORTLAND, Oregon — Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation have asked the Defense Department to reach a settlement with 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers who said they were sickened by a toxic chemical during the Iraq War.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May overturned an $85 million jury award to the soldiers.

The military contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root successfully argued that Oregon was not the proper jurisdiction for the case. KBR now seeks $850,000 in legal fees.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Defense Secretary , the Oregon lawmakers said they are outraged that KBR is going after the veterans. They ask the Defense Department take control of the litigation, and bring it to a fair conclusion.

Sens. and signed the letter along with Reps. , , , and .

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