Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Marvin.Mathew@mail.house.gov

Dear
Colleague:

 

Please
join me as a cosponsor in reintroducing the Burn Pits Accountability Act (
H.R.663)
in the 116
th
Congress, to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals.

Over
160,000 servicemembers and veterans

over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more service members affected. Exposure can produce serious and potentially life-threatening
health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis

the ‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation
.

 

**We
added minor clarification language (in the form of a Rule of Construction) to last year’s bill that would further protect veterans who have left the service that are not covered by DoD evaluations.**
 

 

Cosponsors
in the 116th Congress (140):

Bacon*,
Banks*,

Beatty*,
Bergman*,
Beyer, Bishop*,
Brooks,
Byrne*,
Carbajal, Cardenas*, Carson, Cicilline, Clarke*, Cleaver, Cohen*,
Collins*,
R. Davis.*
,
S. Davis.*, DeFazio*,
DesJarlais,
DeLauro*, Demings*, DeSaulnier,  Deutch*, Dingell*, Engel*, Espaillat*,
Fitzpatrick*,
Fleischmann*,
Fortenberry*,
Foster*,
Gaetz*,
Gallagher,
Gallego,
Garamendi*,
Gianforte*,
V. Gonzalez*,
Gonzalez-Colon*,
Gosar,
A. Green*, M. Green*,
Griffith*,
Haaland, Harder*,
Hartzler*,
Hastings*,
Hayes*,
Herrera
Beutler
,
Himes,  
Holding*,
Houlahan,
Jackson
Lee, H.

Johnson*,
Jones*,
Joyce,
Kaptur*, Katko*,
Kelly,
Khanna*, Kilmer*, Kim, Kind*, P. King,
S.
King*,
Kuster*,
Lamb,
Lamborn*,
Langevin*, S. Lee*, Lieu, Loebsack, Lofgren*, Lowey*, Luria*, C. Maloney*, S. Maloney,
Marino*,
Mast*,
Matsui*,
McCollum*, McGovern*, Meeks*, Moore*, Morelle, Moulton*, Murphy, Napolitano*,

Newhouse, Norman*,
Norton*,
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pallone, Panetta*, Pappas, Payne*, Pingree*, Pocan*,

Radewagen*,
Raskin,
McMorris Rodgers,
Rose*,
 Rouda,
Roybal-Allard*,

Rush*,
 Rutherford*,
Ryan*,
Sablan*, San Nicolas, Schrader*, Schakowsky,
Sensenbrenner*,
Serrano, Sherman*, Sires, Slotkin,  
J.
Smith*, Smucker,
Soto*,
Stauber,
Steube,
Suozzi,
Taylor,
 Thompson,

Tipton*,
N. Torres*,
Upton,
Vela*, Velazquez*, Visclosky,
Walden,
Walorski*,

 Waters, Watson Coleman, Welch*, Wild, F. Wilson*, Yarmuth,
Young,
Zeldin

 

Organizational
Support in the 116
th
Congress (26)
:
Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America, US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Service Women’s Action Network, US Army Warrant Officer Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Enlisted
Association of the National Guard of the US, National Military Family Associations, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Reserve Officers Association of the United States, National Guard Association of the US, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Burn Pits
360, Veterans for Common Sense, Sergeant Sullivan Circle, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Blinded Veterans Association, Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association, Commissioned Officers Association of the US Public Health Service Inc, Marine Corps League,
Marine Corps Reserve Association, The Retired Enlisted Association, American Veterans, Lung Cancer Alliance, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Air Force Sergeants Association

 

The
Burn Pits Accountability Act would evaluate the exposure of servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals by:

  • Requiring
    the Secretary of Defense to record whether service members have been based or stationed at a location where an open burn pit was used or exposed to toxic airborne chemicals, including any information recorded as part of the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit
    Registry, in the Periodic Health Assessment (PHAs), Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPEs), and Post-Deployment Health Assessment (PDHAs).
  • Enrolling
    any service member who meets the above criteria in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, unless he or she opts-out.
  • Requiring
    the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to share information relating to exposure of burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals recorded in PHAs, SHPEs, and PDHAs.

If
you have questions or would like to become an original cosponsor, contact

guido.weiss@mail.house.gov
in Rep. Gabbard’s office or
barry.smith@mail.house.gov
in Rep. Mast’s office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tulsi
Gabbard                                     Brian Mast

Member
of Congress                          Member of Congress

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