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Bilirakis Champions Changes to Help Active Duty Military and Veterans

July 29, 2020
Press Release


Summer Robertson



Bilirakis Champions Changes to Help Active Duty Military and Veterans

-Five Bilirakis-Authored Provisions Included in the House passed version of NDAA-



Congressman Gus Bilirakis has coauthored 5 provisions which passed as amendments to this year’s House passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Each provision seeks to remedy an injustice Veterans are facing, enhances care and services available to members of the military, their families or Veterans, or enhances U.S. national security.   “Each year, through the NDAA, we have an opportunity to work on bipartisan measures that will improve the lives of those who proudly serve or have served our nation,” said Congressman Bilirakis.  “Among other priorities, the proposed amendments I’ve co-sponsored will help to protect heroes who have been exposed to dangerous toxins during their service.  These steps are long overdue, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support these initiatives.”

Read below to learn more about each of the eight amendments.


  1. The Ruiz/Bilirakis Burn Pit Studies amendment would require the DoD to submit a report to Congress on the status, methodology, & timeline of current research and studies being conducted to assess burn pit health effects.  American heroes are already getting sick and some are dying from complications related to exposure.   They can’t afford for federal agencies to continue to waste time on endless studies regarding widely-recognized scientific facts.  Additional oversight is certainly warranted.  


  1. The Ruiz/Bilirakis Burn Pit Training amendment would provide mandatory training for all DoD medical providers with respect to potential effects of burn pits.  It is important that the doctors treating our heroes know the most current research available and are able to look for possible signs or symptoms, as early detection could save lives. 


  1. The Welch/Bilirakis Burn Pit exposure and COVID-19 amendment would require the Tricare COVID-19 Registry to include any prior respiratory illnesses and information from the burn pit registry for the beneficiary.


  1. The Chiropractic services amendment would require the Defense Health Agency to produce a report on the feasibility, efficacy, and cost of expanding coverage for chiropractic care to military families and retirees under the Tricare program.  Chiropractic services can be a cost-effective and preventive tool for treating chronic pain.


  1. The Greek Diplomatic Engagement amendment would provide a feasibility study on increased rotational deployments to Greece and enhanced United States-Greece diplomatic engagement.  Such an enhancement of the United States’ Strategic Partnership with Greece would be a benefit to both nations.