Drive Support for Injuries from Burn Pits and other Toxic Exposures
Burn pits, a method used by military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan to remove waste, are the Agent Orange of our generation due to the long-lasting health toll it takes on veterans. IAVA and other VSO partners are educating the public and elevating the issue to ensure it becomes a national priority. Our members see addressing the burn pit issue as a critical, urgent and growing threat that will impact an entire generation. The VA estimates that 3.5 million veterans are eligible to register in their Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which tracks exposures to airborne toxins. However, because enrollment is voluntary, the registry is not well-known. This is an issue IAVA is working to correct.