Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) is asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge illnesses that resulted from burn pits and toxic materials.
The Senate unanimously passed the Health Care for Burn Pit Veterans Act on February 16, 2022, but the bill has not yet been brought up in the House.
Congress has an obligation to care for our veterans who made significant sacrifices in the preservation of our freedoms during the War on Terror,” Budd wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “I am confident that S. 3541 will overwhelmingly pass the House. Therefore, given how long burn pit exposed veterans have waited for the care they deserve, the House must advance this critical legislation immediately.”
The U.S. military used burn pits to dispose of toxic materials overseas, but didn’t realize that the toxic fumes released could impact its personnel negatively.
The VA has denied most burn pit claims, saying it is too difficult to prove that the toxins caused veterans’ illnesses.
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