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Initiate Support for Injuries from Burn Pits and Other Toxic Exposures

Our members have made it clear: 2018 is the year IAVA will educate Americans about burn pits and airborne toxic exposures and the devastating potential impact they could be having on the health and welfare of millions of Post-9/11 veterans and their families. According to IAVA’s most recent member survey, 80% of respondents were exposed to burn pits during their deployments and over 60% of those exposed reported having symptoms. Burn pits were a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly between 2001 and 2010. There are other hazards beyond burn pits that occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan that may pose danger for respiratory illnesses, including high levels of fine dust and exposure to other airborne hazards. Year after year, we have seen an upward trend in the number of members reporting symptoms associated with burn pit exposure. IAVA will sound the alarm for all Americas: burn pits could be the Agent Orange for our generation of veterans.

In 2017, an IAVA-backed provision was included in the NDAA to require the VA to coordinate efforts related to burn pit-related diseases and effective treatments for those diseases. While this provision is a step forward, we’ll continue to fight for more resources to address burn pit and toxic exposure issues.

What are burn pits?

How do burn pits affect servicemembers and veterans?
New York City Veterans Alliance President and IAVA Member Leader Kristen L. Rouse shares her story:

In 2018 IAVA will:

  1. Advocate for increased funding for research into the association between toxic exposures, burn pits, and diseases expected to be associated with such exposure.
  2. Press for VA clinicians to be trained to query and identify illnesses tied to toxic exposure. (Currently, the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits registry is self selected; from our latest member survey only 35% of IAVA members exposed to burn pits are registered.)
  3. Press for mandatory screening for toxic exposure for all veterans entering VA, similar to the screenings conducted for Military Sexual Assault.
  4. Encourage DoD to identify all those exposed to burn pits and other toxins both at bases in CONUS or while deployed and work with the VA to proactively reach out to encourage enrollment in the Burn Pit and Airborne Hazards Registry.
  5. Continue to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans facing health issues they believe may be associated with toxin exposures through our digital resources, our local VetTogether events and our nationally-recognized Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP).

How is IAVA making progress toward these goals?
NEW!! NBC 10 Philadelphia Produces Three-Part Series on Burn Pits

Student nurse’s study raising awareness of illnesses connected to burn pits
Stars and Stripes, 11/19/2018

Petraeus:
US has ‘sacred obligation’ to help burn-pit veterans
Usabale Fox Screenshot
General Petraeus Sends Letter of Support to All Members of Congress

Burn Pits Bill Presser

Burn Pits Bill Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill

Senate Bill Co-Sponsors (S. 3181)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

House Bill Co-Sponsors (H.R. 5671)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2)
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-18)
Rep. James Comer (R-KY-1)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-1)
Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (R-NC-3)
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU-1)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN-3)
Rep. Tom O’Halleran (R-AZ-1)
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9)
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8)
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS-1)
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-7)
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT-3)
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9)
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA-53)
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND-1)
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)
Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA-10)
Rep. Rohit Khanna (D-CA-17)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY-2)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX-16)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8)
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13)
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN-3)
Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL-9)
Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA-6)
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1)
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC-11)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2)
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE-2)
Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC-5)
Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO-3)
Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM-2)
Rep. George Holding (R-NC-2)
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI-05)
Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24)
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-1)
Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29)
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA-51)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA-4)
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9)
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-1)
Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI-8)
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI-1)
Rep. Thomas MacArthur (R-NJ-3)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4)
Rep. Valdez Demings (D-FL-10)
Rep. Keith Elison (D-MN-5)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX-4)
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA-10)
Rep. David Young (R-IA-3)
Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL-4)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1)
Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY-18)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24)
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2)
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41)
Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-MP-1)
Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-2)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20)
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY-3)
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA-9)
Rep. Charles Fleischmann (R-TN-3)
Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO-8)
Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA-12)
Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2)
Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MN-8)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5)
Rep. James McGovern (D-MA-2)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1)
Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-VA-5)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)
Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL-15)
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA-30)
Rep. Al Green (D-TX-9)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-30)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8)
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16)
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01)
Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5)
Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ-10)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI-4)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43)
Rep. Doris Matsui (R-CA-6)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX-2)
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2)
Rep. Eric Crawford (R-AR-1)
Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV-3)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK-1)
Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2)
Rep. James Himes (D-CT-4)
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3)
Rep. John Larson (D-CT-1)
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV-3)
Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR-1)
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32)
Rep. John Faso (R-NY-19)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA-4)
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-1)
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-2)
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-18)
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10)
Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY-3)
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY-5)
Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH-2)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS-2)
Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA-21)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO-5)
Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA-9)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY-14)
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-1)
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA-4)
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)
Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL-11)
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL-5)
Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-16)
Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY-11)
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)
Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN-1)
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA-5)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3))
Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA-4)

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