Sending Office: Honorable Brad R. Wenstrup
Dear Republican Colleague,
Please join the Congressional Burn Pits Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36). This caucus will address long-term, life-threatening health effects of burn pits on veterans while educating Members and staff on the subject.
During the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, burn pits were used as a primary method to dispose of waste and garbage generated on American military bases. Because unlimited items were indiscriminately burned, the burn pits released an array of pollutants,
including particulate matter, and known carcinogens. Within months or years after returning from deployment, soldiers exposed to the burn pits suffered from pulmonary issues, insomnia, and cancer. Some of these illnesses have resulted in death.
Since health and scientific studies have been limited, there is insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions regarding the long-term health consequences of exposure to burn pits. We have a long way to go to fully understand the extent to which burn pits
are still being used, and whether our service members are being exposed to unnecessary dangers.
As Members of Congress, we have a responsibility to protect the health of our service members and veterans. That is why I invite you to join the Congressional Burn Pits Caucus.
If you have any questions or would like to join the Burn Pits Caucus, please contact Luke.Graeter@mail.house.gov.
Member of Congress
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