Upon impact, DU produces extremely fine uranium oxide dust that is both chemically toxic and radioactive. Easily spread by wind, it is inhaled and absorbed into the human body and absorbed by plants and animals, becoming part of the food chain.
Not only does DU have an effect on returning soldiers from war, look at the effect that DU had on Iraqi children. here and here
Today's NY Daily News has an article about the Army testing returning NY guardsmen for DU. Well it's about time.. but it's a little late.
The soldiers, who returned from Iraq late last year, say they and other members of their company have been suffering from unexplained illnesses since last summer, when they were stationed in the Iraqi town of Samawah.
Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a former Army doctor and nuclear medicine expert who examined and tested the nine men at The News' request, concluded four of them "almost certainly" inhaled radioactive dust from exploded depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), after learning of The News' investigation, blasted Pentagon officials yesterday for not properly screening soldiers returning from Iraq.
A 1990 Army study linked DU to "chemical toxicity causing kidney damage." My next door neighbor's kidney's failed one day. They just shut down not long after he returned from the first Gulf War.
Do some reading on DU today. Here are some links and you decide if the US is using illegal weapons of mass destruction on its enemies and its own soldiers.
The Human Cost of Depleted Uranium
Trail of a Bullet
Depleted Uranium Watch
Use of DU is illegal