Wednesday, November 9, 2011

AFA Supports Burn Pit Registry

Last week, AFA was represented at a joint press conference with Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) regarding the introduction of bipartisan and bicameral legislation to create a Burn Pit Registry. We sent a letter of support to Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) who introduced the bill, and also a letter of support to Sen. Udall who introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

The Burn Pit Registry is a listing of individuals who may have been exposed to toxicities while serving abroad. Based on recent accounts of possible health maladies of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and a possible link to toxic fumes released in open burn pits it has become necessary to voluntary track and account for these individuals. This registry will ensure that members of the Armed Forces who may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes while serving overseas can be better informed regarding exposure and possible effects.

Senator Udall introduced this bill on November 3, 2011, and AFA fully supports it. We join many organizations/individuals interested in getting ahead of this critical issue and help the VA determine not only to what extent the ramifications of burn pits may have on service members but also how to disseminate information to those service members. 

Let’s not have these burn pits be the Agent Orange for Iraq and Afghanistan. Let’s not wait 30 to 40 years to do what’s right for our military men and women.

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