2019 Honoree


United States Army Captain Peter Antioho


U.S. Army Captain Peter D. Antioho served from 2009 through 2015. He was an Infantry Officer with the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.


While deployed in Afghanistan in 2012, CPT Antioho had to walk daily through heavy smoke emanating from burn pits as he performed his job as second in command on his base. A variety of items, including human and animal waste, plastic, ammunition and batteries were burned with diesel fuel 24 hours a day in open pits. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer two years ago.


The West Point graduate and Berlin resident was 31 when he was diagnosed, young for this cancer. He was second in command at his base, but now, with symptoms that include memory loss and impaired vision, speech and motor function, he is unable to work.


Peter spends his days getting physical and occupational therapy at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford; social work and other health care at the Newington VA; and cancer care at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. He and his wife, his full-time caregiver, have a 3-year-old son.


Read more of Peter’s story at links below:


As Soldier Exposed To Burn Pits Fights For Benefits, Veterans Push For Laws


After Denials, Army Veteran Exposed To Toxic Burn Pit Smoke Gets His Disability Benefits

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