Washington Update for July 1st, 2019
TREA joins Toxic Exposure in the American Military Working Group
In June, TREA joined a new coalition of 13 VSOs/MSOs to address the issue of toxic exposure. The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) coalition will research currently available data to develop resources and advocate for additional exposure treatment for veterans and active duty service members.
There are more than 165,000 veterans enrolled in the VA's Burn Pit Registry - all of whom served on or after 9/11 and were deployed to a base or station where open burn pits were used. The goal of TEAM is to gather and share information, develop legislation, work out problems before pushing new legislation, and combine our resources to ultimately encourage Congress to pass meaningful toxic exposure legislation.
TREA supports H.R. 633/S. 191. Burn Pits Accountability Act.
Toxic Exposure: Recognition of Illnesses Caused by Hazardous Warfare Agents. The Department of Defense (DOD) and the military departments are to evaluate whether each member of the Armed Forces has been (1) based or stationed where an open air burn pit was used to dispose of waste, or (2) exposed to toxic airborne chemicals. Members located where an open burn pit was used or exposed to toxic airborne chemicals must be enrolled in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, unless the member elects not to enroll. The evaluations must be included in periodic health assessments, physical exams conducted immediately prior to separation from active duty, and deployment assessments. DOD must share the results of the evaluations with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
TREA Supports H.R. 2617 - Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health (OATH) Act
To amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance recordkeeping with respect to exposure by members of the Armed Force to certain occupational and environmental hazards while deployed.
Contact your Congressional Members and urge support.