If signed into law, the bill would widely expand health care resources and benefits to those exposed to burn pits and could provide coverage for up to 3.5 million toxic-exposed veterans. It adds conditions related to burn pit and toxic exposure, including hypertension, to the VA’s list of illnesses that have been incurred or exacerbated during military service.
ㅏ 2020 survey from advocacy organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found that 86% of its members were exposed to burn pits or other toxins. The VA has denied approximately 70% of veterans’ burn pit claims since 9/11, according to previous statements by Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican and ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
민주당 대표. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who served three tours in Iraq alongside the US military as a CIA analyst before becoming a member of Congress, [object Window] “landmark legislation” in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “리드” 수요일에.
“It’s basically some of the biggest stuff we’ve seen for veteran health care in the past 30 연령,” she said Wednesday.
Final passage of the bill would also mark a huge achievement for Biden
. The President has advocated for the legislation and publicly said he believes burn pits may have caused the brain cancer that killed his son Beau
— an Iraq War veteran who died in
2015 — but has noted he
“can’t prove it yet.
Biden has vowed to fund research on the long-term effects of burn pit exposure, and since his son’s death, he’s launched several efforts to fund cancer research.