Veterans call burn pit exposure bill a major win

Answers. It’s a word that can’t be found in the 150-some page bill granting health care to U.S. troops exposed to the toxic smoke of burn pits at military outposts over the past 20 years, but it is what veterans like Jeff Schepp hope will be delivered.

Until now, medical professionals for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs haven’t treated veterans for toxic exposure. Veterans presenting symptoms believed to be associated with burn pits have been handed a survey to fill out, a chance to register their symptoms and identify exactly where it was they were exposed to toxins. That’s pretty much where the conversation has ended for more than 250,000 veterans according to VA reports.

Veteran Dylan Jefferson worked burn pits in Iraq as an Army corporal during his 3 years off service starting in 2002. He suffers health issues from toxic exposure today. 

Photo courtesy Dylan Jefferson

The PACT Act, which passed the Senate 86 to 11 on Tuesday night, will spend money not only looking for answers about toxic exposure, but also treating veterans. As many as 3.5

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