WASHINGTON – Millions of service members in the Middle East have been exposed to what are called “burn pits.” Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has compared it to Agent Orange from the Vietnam War. Now, her legislation aimed at helping those service members is moving forward in the U.S. House.
An Iraq War veteran, Gabbard has seen burn pits first hand.
“Every single day, the burn pit was going,” recalls Gabbard, who is still an active-duty Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard.
The pits are full of garbage and waste, often times with toxic airborne chemicals. The affects are now causing cancer and respiratory problems for 3.7 million service members and veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.