Join Jon Stewart In His Fight For Congressional Aids For Sick Veterans Exposed To Military Burn Pits
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Just received a message from Jon Stewart, shared, in italics, below:
Susan—I traveled to Washington, D.C., yesterday to help unveil the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. We really need your support, so I’m asking you to please sign the petition to help Americans whom our government sent into harm’s way and is now turning its back on while it gives private defense contractors sweet deals. –Jon
In the video “WATCH: Jon Stewart advocates for congressional aid for sick veterans exposed to military burn pits“, below:
Jon Stewart has a message for Congress: Stop ignoring veterans who are sick and dying from toxic burn pits, in the video “Jon Stewart is Fighting for Veterans“, below:
Dear MoveOn member,
Jon Stewart here with a new petition to support our military veterans. My friend John Feal and I are working with a coalition of folks looking to get health benefits and compensation for veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits.1
Hundreds of tons of waste produced on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan were doused with jet and diesel fuels and burned in massive burn pits—as American soldiers lived, worked, and slept next to the toxic fumes. Now that they are home, hundreds of thousands of veterans are sick and dying from lung diseases, cancers, and respiratory illnesses.2
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense continue to ignore our veterans’ suffering and deaths caused by their neglect despite their own statistics which show burn pits as the source of these health problems.
Sign our petition to tell Congress to pass a bipartisan bill so veterans will no longer be denied the care and benefits our government owes them for their service.
The U.S. military paid private companies like Halliburton subsidiary KBR billions of dollars from taxpayer funds to burn human waste, aerosols, Styrofoam, medical waste, biohazardous materials, body parts, trucks, and explosives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then troops got sick and started dying. It’s haunting and a reminder that these forever wars have long-lasting consequences.3
And for every soldier returning with horrific health defects, there are untold numbers of servicemembers who continue to be subjected to burn pit sites and toxic smoke to this day. The DoD and VA must acknowledge the reality and gravity of the problems toxic chemicals from burn pits have caused and take immediate action to end the use of the active burn pits once and for all.
In addition, Congress must make health care and compensation available to veterans and servicemembers who are suffering exposure-related health effects. And we must pass legislation that grants surviving families of deceased veterans the benefits they deserve.
Let’s fix this and stick up for the families who are fighting for health care and accountability from the same government that sent them into harm’s way.
We will update you on the upcoming bill and other actions you can take as the campaign develops, so please stay tuned.
1. “Rep. Sherrill Hosts Jon Stewart, Freshmen Reps, Veterans Advocates for Burn Pits Discussion,” U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, March 26, 2019
2. “Congress Poised to Help Veterans Exposed to ‘Burn Pits’ Over Decades of War,” The New York Times, February 12, 2019
3. “‘They really don’t want this out’: The biggest Iraq War scandal that nobody’s talking about,” Salon, February 17, 2016
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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