Senate passes PACT Act, latest effort in yearslong fight to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

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PACT Act in Congress: Veterans to get benefits for burn pit exposure

Since research has not definitely linked exposure to cancers and other illnesses, getting VA benefits can be an uphill slog.

  • The U.S. military burned tons of trash every day on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Thousands of veterans exposed to toxic smoke say illnesses are tied to the exposure.
  • Legislation to expand VA benefits to cover toxic exposure during service is stalled in Congress.

Denis McDonough, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, had a special mission Saturday: deliver pizza to veterans camped out at the U.S. Capitol – and broker a call with President Joe Biden.

A bill providing long-sought benefits for ailments tied to toxic burn pit exposure stalled in Congress unexpectedly last week when Republicans yanked their support.

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