Earlier this year, Congress passed the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are growing increasingly concerned that exposure to toxins produced by burn pits will mirror the problems that resulted from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.
The Burn Pits Act is the second piece of legislation passed by Congress to help veterans who are suffering the effects of burn pit exposure, but it is the first to possibly provide answers on which conditions are caused by burn pit exposure.
The law requires the VA to create a center to research the effects of burn pit exposure. The center must also develop and test treatments for the health conditions that arise as a result of exposure and study both short-term and long-term effects. Additionally, the act provides $4.1 million in funding for research for the next five years and enables the VA Secretary to provide additional funding should it become necessary.
If you or someone you know is suffering from burn pit exposure, apply for assistance and VA disability benefits. Seek medical treatment for your conditions, either through the VA or a private physician. And put your name on the national Burn Pit Registry.