Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Behnam.Sorbi@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

Please join me as a cosponsor for the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.663) in the 116th 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 (156): Bacon*, Banks*, Barr, Beatty*, Bergman*, Beyer, Bishop*, Boyle, Brooks, Brownley, Byrne*, Carbajal, Cardenas*, Carson, Castor, Cicilline, Clarke*, Cleaver, Cohen*, Collins*, Courtney, Craig, R. Davis.*, S.
Davis.*, DeFazio*, DeLauro*, Demings*, DeSaulnier, DesJarlais, Deutch*, Dingell*, Engel*, Espaillat*, Fitzpatrick*, Fleischmann*, Fortenberry*, Foster*, Gaetz*, Gallagher, Gallego, Garamendi*, J. Garcia, Gianforte*, V. Gonzalez*, Gonzalez-Colon*, Gosar, A.
Green*, M. Green*, Griffith*, Grothman, Haaland, Harder*, Hartzler*, Hastings*, Hayes*, Herrera Beutler, Himes, Holding*, Houlahan, Jackson Lee, H. Johnson*, Jones*, Joyce, Kaptur*, Katko*, Keating, Kelly, Kennedy, Khanna*, Kilmer*, Kim, Kind*, P. King, S.
King*, Kuster*, LaMalfa, Lamb, Lamborn*, Langevin*, S. Lee*, Lieu, Loebsack, Lofgren*, Lowey*, Luria*, C. Maloney*, S. Maloney, Marino*, Marshall, Mast*, Matsui*, McCollum*, McGovern*, McMorris Rodgers, Meeks*, Moore*, Morelle, Moulton*, Murphy, Napolitano*,
Newhouse, Norma*, Norton*, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pallone, Panetta*, Pappas, Payne*, Pingree*, Pocan*, Quigley, Radewagen*, Raskin, Rose*, Rouda, Roybal-Allard*, Rush*, Rutherford*, Ryan*, Sablan*, San Nicolas, Schakowsky, Schneider, Schrader*, Sensenbrenner*,
Serrano, Sherman*, Sires, Slotkin, J. Smith*, Smucker, Soto*, Stauber, Steube, Stivers, Suozzi, Taylor, Thompson, Tipton*, N. Torres*, Upton, Vela*, Velazquez*, Visclosky, Walden, Walorski*, Waters, Watkins, Watson Coleman, Welch*, Wild, F. Wilson*, Yarmuth,
Young, Zeldin

Organizational Support in the 116th 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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