Burn Pits & Toxic Exposures


IAVA’s members have identified 6 priority issues that matter most to them.

Support for Toxic Exposure Injuries

Our troops are exposed to toxic materials that no one should be subjected to.

Burn Pits

The most common means of toxic exposure, burn pits have been used extensively since 1990 to protect privacy and leave as little footprint behind as possible. Servicemembers use jet fuel to burn waste including chemicals, paint, medical and human waste, metal/aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ordnance, petroleum and lubricant products, plastics, rubber, wood, and discarded food.

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Other Toxic Exposures

Unfortunately, Burn Pits are not the only means by which our veterans and servicemembers are exposed to toxins. Other exposures include:

Contaminated Groundwater
Agent Orange
Radiation Exposure
Embedded Fragments
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IAVA's Policy Priorities

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