Sunday, September 24

What are burn pits? Dangers of the military practice explained.

The rights of American veterans have taken center stage this week after a bill to expand health care access for victims of military burn pits first failed – and then succeeded Tuesday – in passing in the Senate 86-11. The veteran’s bill, originally a bipartisan effort, quickly became a lightning rod for partisan aggression and the subject of impassioned verbal sparring.

On one side was comedian Jon Stewartknown for his activism on behalf of 9/11 first responders, and on the other Senator Ted Cruz, who accused Democrats of using a “budgetary trick” to ensure increased spending.

Underscoring the debate is the real subject matter at hand though – the military burn pits used throughout the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, now threatening the health of America’s former troops.

Here’s what you need to know.

Senate passes PACT Act:Latest effort in years-long fight to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *