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GIJOBS.COM | JULY 2018 | G.I. JOBS 9 WHAT DO YOU THINK? Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii Iraq Veteran Co-sponsor, Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R. 5671) Carlos Fuentes Director VFW National Legislative Service Col. Mike Barron, USA (Ret.) Director of Currently Serving and Retired Affairs, Government Military Officers Association of America Paul Rieckhoff Founder and CEO Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America I was deployed with many veterans who were exposed to burn pits for extended periods of time every single day. It was just a part of our everyday lives while serving there. This exposure is now proving to result in debilitating and potentially deadly illnesses for many. This is the Agent Orange of our generation, and the VA needs to take action now to collect data and information on veterans who were exposed to burn pits, so we can document the impact and make sure our brothers and sisters are cared for. Our legislation is an urgent and critical step toward getting them the care they need and deserve." Recording information about burn pit exposure in a timely manner ensures veterans have accurate health records. This helps when veterans submit VA claims because nobody remembers what happened 20 years ago as accurately as when it happened. We thank Representatives Gabbard and Mast, VFW members themselves, for their bipartisan effort." MOAA strongly supports this legislation, and we are working closely with several of our partner organizations in The Military Coalition, as well as with Reps. Gabbard and Mast, to see it become law." We've now got historic legislation to begin to tackle this silent enemy that could impact millions of us for decades to come. Today, IAVA and two dozen veterans and military organizations are proud to stand with our fellow Post-9/11 veterans, Representatives Gabbard and Mast, Army Iraq and Afghanistan veterans respectively, to introduce a bill to finally appropriately focus on burn pits. It's an important first salvo in what could be a fight to last a generation." If you were exposed to open burn pits you can sign up for the VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry at gijobs.com/burnpits . BEEN EXPOSED? " " " "

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