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Bilirakis Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Reviewed

May 5, 2021
Press Release

Bilirakis Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Reviewed

-During Hearing Constituent Whose Wife Recently Died from Toxic Burn Pit Exposure Testifies-


Washington, DC:  During today’s VA Committee hearing, Members discussed a series of bills designed to ensure Veterans exposed to burn pit toxins have access to the care and benefits they deserve, including the Toxic Exposure in the American Military  (TEAM) Act, which is co-authored by Representative Gus Bilirakis.  This critical legislation would create a pathway to care and benefits for Veterans who were exposed to burn pits or other toxins while serving our country in uniform.  The bill is supported by 30 military and Veterans’ service organizations.


  “I was truly honored that my constituent and friend, Jim Price, testified as a witness during today’s hearing,” said Bilirakis.  Jim’s wife, Lauren Price, recently passed away as a result of an illness linked to her burn pit exposure.  Prior to her death, Lauren had been a fierce advocate for her fellow Veterans and she gave instrumental input to help craft several provisions within the TEAM Act.  Click here to listen to Congressman Bilirakis’s remarks during the hearing.   “It is great to see Jim carry on Lauren’s legacy and I appreciate his continued advocacy on behalf of all Veterans,” Bilirakis added.   Click here to listen to Mr. Price’s testimony.