WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other senators for the passing of the Honoring Our Promise To Address Comprehensive Toxins Act (Honoring Our PACT Act).
The bill will allow veterans, who were exposed to burn pit smoke and other hazards that caused cancers and other illnesses, to get health coverage.
A key part of the PACT Act is Senator Gillibrand’s bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act.
This would establish a service connection for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins.
“These are benefits that these men and women earned.” said Gillibrand. “They earned it through their blood, sweat, and tears through their extraordinary efforts to this country. And little did they know that the burn pits dug up around the bases where they served, were emitting horrible toxins, which caused some of the worst cancers from brain cancer to throat cancer to stomach cancer to lung cancer. And now they need our help.”