Sending Office: Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham
By now you should have received an invitation to attend a special screening of the documentary
film Delay, Deny, Hope You Die.
Delay, Deny, Hope You Die
and discussion with
Gregory Lovett, Director and
New Mexico Air National Guard Medically Retired SMSgt Jessey Baca, Featured Veteran
TODAY at 1:30pm
House Visitor Center, Room 200
This award-winning documentary,
Delay, Deny, Hope You Die, highlights the plight of American service members who returned from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan with severe illnesses. These men and women, afflicted with respiratory diseases and rare cancers, were exposed to
toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits. As early as 2002, U.S. military installations in Afghanistan and Iraq began to rely on open-air burn pits to dispose of waste materials. The military and contractors made frequent use of them. Today, the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs has received information from nearly 125,000 veterans with self-documented exposure and health concerns arising from burn pits.
The film features New Mexico Air National Guard Medically Retired Senior Master Sergeant Jessey Baca. After learning about
Jessey’s numerous ailments including cancer and chronic bronchiolitis caused by his exposure to burn pits in Iraq, I committed to working with Jessey and his wife Maria in their fight to provide the necessary treatment and benefits to veterans suffering from
burn pit exposure. The Open Burn Pit Registry is the first step toward providing medical care and research for these veterans.
I highly encourage you and your staff to join me in this opportunity to view this documentary, and engage the director and
a New Mexico veteran who is featured in the film in meaningful conversation about their experiences.
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Member of Congress
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