Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Bill introduced to fight Agent Orange of Post-9/11 vets — burn pits
Over 140,000 servicemembers and veterans have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals over the past three decades. Exposure to these chemicals can lead to health effects like neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more — making burn pits the Agent Orange of the Post-9/11 generation.
So, yesterday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D - Hawaii) and Rep. Brian Mast (R - Fl.) — along with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — introduced the Burn Pits Accountability Act (HR 5671). The bipartisan bill calls for evaluation of the extent of the exposure of US servicemembers to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals.