Burn Pit Bill

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Currently, the majority of disability claims related to burn pit exposure are denied by VA due to a veteran’s inability to prove a medical condition is linked to burn pits.
That changed Tuesday. A bill that would expand health care benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic “burn pits” during their military service is heading towards President Biden’s desk for signature into law.
Once signed by the president, the new law will address and fund VA health care and research relating to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances, including burn pits and large trenches dug to burn and dispose of sewage, medical waste, and other trash, during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans exposed to the “Agent Orange” herbicide during the Vietnam War will also benefit. More than 20 toxic exposure-related conditions will now be covered by the new law.