Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Chad.Goldstein@mail.house.gov

Dear
Colleague:

 

Please
join me as a cosponsor for 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 116
th
Congress (178):

Babin,
Bacon*, Baird, Banks*,
Barr,
Beatty*,
Bergman*,
Beyer, Bishop*, Blunt Rochester, Boyle,
Brooks,
Brown, Brownley,
Byrne*,
Carbajal, Cardenas*, Carson, Castor,
Cheney,
Cicilline, Cisneros,
Clarke*, Cleaver, Cohen*,
Cole,
Collins*,
Cooper,
Courtney, Crow, Craig,
R.
Davis.*
, S. Davis.*,
DeFazio*, DeLauro*, Demings*, DeSaulnier,
DesJarlais,
Deutch*, Dingell*,
Engel*, Escobar, 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,
B. Higgins, Himes,
Holding*,
Houlahan,
Jackson Lee, H.
Johnson*,
Jones*,
Joyce,
Kaptur*, Katko*, Keating,
Kelly,
Kennedy, Khanna*, Kilmer*, Kim, Kind*, P. King,
S.
King*,
Kirkpatrick, Kuster*,
LaMalfa,
Lamb,
Lamborn*,
Langevin*, S. Lee*, Lieu, Loebsack, Lofgren*, Lowey*, Lujan, Luria*, C. Maloney*, S. Maloney,
Marino*,
Marshall, Mast*,
Matsui*, McCollum*,
McGovern*,
McMorris
Rodgers,
Meeks*,
Meuser,
Moore*, Morelle,
Moulton*, Murphy, Napolitano*,
Newhouse,
Norma*,
Norton*,
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pallone, Panetta*, Pappas, Payne*, Phillips, Pingree*, Pocan*, Quigley,
Radewagen*,
Raskin,
Rose*,
Rouda, Roybal-Allard*,
Ruiz, Rush*, Ruppersberger,
Rutherford*,
Ryan*,
Sablan*, San Nicolas, Scanlon, Schakowsky, Schneider, Schrader*,
Sensenbrenner*,
Serrano, Sherman*, Sherill, Sires, Slotkin,
J.
Smith*, Smucker,
Soto*,
Stauber, Stefanik,
Steube,
Stevens,
Stivers,
Suozzi,
Taylor, Thompson,
Tipton*,
N. Torres*,
Upton,
Vela*, Velazquez*, Visclosky,
Walden,
Walorski*,
Waters,
Watkins,
Watson Coleman, Welch*, Wild, F. Wilson*,
Wittman,
Yarmuth,
Young,
Zeldin

 

Organizational
Support in the 116
th
Congress (39)
:
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, Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Air Force Sergeants Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research, Allergy & Asthma
Network, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Thoracic Society, Kidney Cancer Coalition, National Center for Environmental
Health Strategies, The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

 

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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