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Drive Support for Injuries from Burn Pits and Toxic Exposures

Burn pits, a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, are the Agent Orange of our generation. Because of the efforts of IAVA and other VSO partners to educate the public and elevate the issue, they are finally starting to become a national priority. Our members see burn pits as a critical, urgent and growing threat that will impact an entire generation. VA estimates 3.5 million veterans are eligible to register in the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which tracks exposures to airborne toxins.29 However, because enrollment is voluntary, the registry is not well-known.

There are other hazards beyond burn pits that occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan that may also pose a danger for respiratory illnesses. These include inhaled irritant gases, high levels of fine dust, heavy metals due to operations in urban environments, plus the potential impact to the respiratory system from the effects of explosives and the inhalation of depleted uranium used in munitions.

IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) works with veterans on the front lines that are suffering from the impacts of burn pits and toxic exposures. RRRP ensures that these veterans have access to quality medical care, are enrolled on the Burn Pit Registry and have a fierce advocate in their corner.

It’s past time that comprehensive action is taken to address the growing concern that these exposures have severely impacted the long term health of veterans who served after 9/11.

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:

IAVA Recommendations for the 116th Congress:

  1. Develop a Presumption of Exposure for Burn Pits and Airborne Toxins
  2. Drive Public Awareness Around Burn Pits and Toxic Exposures
  3. Hold DoD Accountable for Injuries due to Toxic Exposures
  4. Strengthen VA’s Tracking of Burn Pit and Toxic Exposures

How is IAVA making progress toward these goals?

    July 12th: After IAVA Advocacy, House-passed Defense Bill Includes Bipartisan Measures
    July 2nd: IAVA Applauds Senate Passage of Burn Pits Accountability Act and Urges House to Act Next

    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. 191)

    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. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
    Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
    Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
    Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
    Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
    Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
    Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
    Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
    Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
    Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
    Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

    House Bill Co-Sponsors (H.R. 663)

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2)
    Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-18)
    Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large)
    Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (R-NC-3)
    Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN-3)
    Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)
    Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1)
    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9)
    Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
    Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS-At Large)
    Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
    Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-7)
    Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9)
    Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA-53)
    Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)
    Rep. Rohit Khanna (D-CA-17)
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)
    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. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6)
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1)
    Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE-2)
    Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC-5)
    Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO-3)
    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-At Large)
    Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29)
    Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA-4)
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-1)
    Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI-1)
    Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4)
    Rep. Valdez Demings (D-FL-10)
    Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA-10)
    Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL-4)
    Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1)
    Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24)
    Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-MP-1)
    Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9)
    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20)
    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. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9)
    Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5)
    Rep. James McGovern (D-MA-2)
    Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA-30)
    Rep. Al Green (D-TX-9)
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-30)
    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16)
    Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA-35)
    Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ-10)
    Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI-4)
    Rep. Doris Matsui (R-CA-6)
    Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2)
    Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-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. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)
    Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-2)
    Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH-2)
    Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO-5)
    Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA-9)
    Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1)
    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA-4)
    Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL-11)
    Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)
    Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN-1)
    Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-7)
    Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY-27)
    Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40)
    Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12)
    Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA-2)
    Rep. James Langevin (D-RI-2)
    Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT-5)
    Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA-10)
    Rep. John Caramendi (D-CA-3)
    Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT-At Large)
    Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13)
    Rep. Max Rose (D-NY-11)
    Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2)
    Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV-3)
    Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-OR-4)
    Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)
    Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)
    Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN-1)
    Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA-11)
    Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM-1)
    Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA-8)
    Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY-3)
    Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA-48)
    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5)
    Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)
    Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN-5)
    Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT-4)
    Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA-7)
    Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS-1)
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4)
    Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3)
    Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7)
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA-33)
    Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH-1)
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)
    Rep. John A. Yarmuth (D-KY-3)
    Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-2)
    Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN-8)
    Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8)
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5)
    Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8)
    Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ-6)
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5)
    Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ-3)
    Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI-1)
    Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6)
    Rep. David P. Joyce (R-OH-14)
    Rep. Don Young (R-AK-At Large)
    Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX-3)
    Rep. Salud O. Carbajal (D-CA-24)
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14)
    Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA-2)
    Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL-9)
    Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4)
    Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN-7)
    Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-6)
    Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-NY-5)
    Rep. Peter King (R-NY-2)
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43)
    Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18)
    Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15)
    Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL-17)
    Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY-17)
    Rep. Michael San Nicolas (D-GU-At Large)
    Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT-2)
    Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
    Rep. William Keating (D-MA-9)
    Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-17)
    Rep. Jesus G. Garcia (D-IL-4)
    Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5)
    Rep. Roger W. Marshall (R-KS-1)
    Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY-6)
    Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA-2)
    Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN-2)
    Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6)
    Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1)
    Rep. Stephanie N. Murphy (D-FL-7)
    Rep. Bradley Scott Schneider (D-IL-10)
    Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12)
    Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH-15)
    Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)
    Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS-2)
    Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-MA-4)
    Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-VA-1)
    Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16)
    Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26)
    Rep. Daniel Meuser (R-PA-9)
    Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36)
    Rep. Gilbert Ray Cisneros Jr. (D-CA-39)
    Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11)
    Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36)
    Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO-6)
    Rep. Elise M. Stefanik (R-NY-21)
    Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4)

    VSO Partners

    Fleet Reserve Association
    Military Officers Association of America
    US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Non-Commissioned Officers Association
    Service Women’s Action Network
    US Army Warrant Officer Association
    Military Order of the Purple Heart
    Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US
    The Retired Enlisted Association
    Chief Warrant Officer Association- US Coast Guard
    Air Force Sergeants Association
    National Military Family Association
    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
    Vietnam Veterans of America
    Paralyzed Veterans of America
    Wounded Warrior Project
    Association of the United States Navy
    Disabled American Veterans
    Air Force Women Officers Associated
    AMSUS the Society of Federal Health Professionals
    Reserve Officers Association
    AMVETS (American Veterans)
    Burn Pits 360
    National Guard Association of the United States