Welch calls for action on burn pits
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says it's time for lawmakers to take action to protect soldiers from the harm caused by burn pits in war zones. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling halted lawsuits against a military contractor accused of wrongdoing by military families. The lawsuits claim the burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq led to health problems for thousands of military members who breathed in smoke that hung over bases. The activity has gone on for years and some are calling the burn pits the new agent orange. A WCAX investigation revealed that many Vermonters also got sick, and they, too, blame the burn pits. Welch is now pushing to get exposure to burn pits to qualify as a disability.
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