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Congress must address the toxic exposure our veterans have endured | The Hill

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Soldiers have fought for their lives in and out of the battlefield. There are wounds and battle scars that have shown their dedication to the things they do. But their battle doesn’t end there. Some of them have been exposed to toxic chemicals too. Over the past 20 years, service members in Iraq and Afghanistan have been exposed to toxic smoke from burn pits, which have resulted in a wave of rare cancers and other illnesses among veterans. Unfortunately, many veterans are not receiving health care and benefits after clear risks and exposures during their service. Thankfully, Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have reintroduced the Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act, which addresses the needs of veterans for health care and benefits for illnesses and diseases related to exposure to burn pits.

Source: https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/546261-congress-must-address-the-toxic-exposure-our-veterans-have-endured?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2004.09.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

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