Bilirakis Secures Money for Burn Pit Study
Washington, DC: Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R) is proud to announce that the final Department of Defense (DOD) spending bill which just passed the House included a bipartisan amendment he co-authored with Congressman Peter Welch(D) of Vermont, allocating $1 million to improve interagency coordination between the DOD and the VA as both agencies study the effects of toxic exposure to burn pits. Bilirakis has been working with Veteran advocacy groups to finalize language for legislation he will introduce shortly to ensure that those who were exposed to burn pit toxins during their military service and are diagnosed with diseases known to be associated with such exposure are granted presumptive status.
“We have to expedite the process of ensuring that our men and women who are experiencing hardship due to exposure to these toxins during their service get the medical treatment and benefits they need. Coordination between these two agencies is necessary and these funds are key to making that happen. Too often we see bureaucracy get in the way of doing the right thing for our heroes. I’ve met with many of these Veterans. They are suffering and their stories are heartbreaking. They don’t have time to wait any longer. I will not stop fighting for them,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis.