Bill passed Tuesday extends benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits

A bill extending health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits got final approval in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

WVUA 23 News reached out to speak with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, but the organization did not agree to an interview. Representatives did send a statement from U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, which said:

“Veterans exposed to toxic fumes while fighting for our country are American heroes, and they deserve world-class care and benefits for their selfless service. The Bipartisan Pact Act will help VA deliver for those veterans and their survivors by empowering us to presumptively provide care and benefits to vets suffering from more than 20 toxic exposure related conditions.”

U.S. President Joe Biden said this legislation is the biggest expansion of benefits for service-connected health issues in 30 years and is the largest single bill ever to address exposure to burn pits.

It could provide coverage for up to 3.5 million veterans.

“We’re going to do justice to those who we lost, as well as those who are still suffering from being exposed to the burn pits. it’s about time,” Biden said.

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