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.