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Representative Faso Cosponsors IAVA-Backed Burn Pits Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC (August 21, 2018) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the leading voice of the Post-9/11 generation of veterans, is proud to announce that U.S. Rep. John Faso (R-NY) has become a cosponsor of the Burn Pits Accountability Act (S. 3181/H.R. 5671), to improve the tracking and reporting of servicemembers’ exposure to burn pits and airborne toxins during their deployments.

Rep. John Faso was first elected to the House in 2016, representing New York’s 19th District, located in the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. He currently serves on the Agriculture, Budget, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.

“Per our most recent IAVA Member Survey, 80% of IAVA members report being exposed to burn pits and 63% of those exposed report symptoms. I count myself among the 63%,” said IAVA Chief Policy Officer, Melissa Bryant. “According to the VA, about 3.5 million servicemembers and veterans are eligible for enrollment in the VA’s Burn Pit and Toxic Exposures Registry, yet only 154,000 are enrolled. We want to thank Rep. Faso for signing onto this important piece of legislation.”

“Burn pits and other toxic exposures have affected a significant portion of American veterans who were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Representative John Faso (R-NY). “These toxic exposures have the potential to cause significant long-term health complications for our heroes, who have already sacrificed so much to defend the American ideal. This bipartisan legislation is a key part of ensuring post-9/11 veterans receive the care they deserve. Thank you to the IAVA for spreading awareness on this issue. It is an important issue, and one that I’ve heard about from my Veterans’ Advisory Committee and in person from veterans across the district.”

The Burn Pits Accountability Act, sponsored by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Brian Mast (R-FL), now has 119 House cosponsors, and 5 in the Senate. The bill is among IAVA’s Big Six priorities for 2018, including Suicide Prevention, Government Reform, #SheWhoBorneTheBattle, #DefendTheGIBill, and Medicinal Cannabis Use for Veterans.

Note to media: Email press@iava.org or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff or IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. As a non-profit founded in 2004, IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Celebrating its 12th year anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 7,300 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.