VA urges millions of veterans exposed to burn pits to file claims

After years of denials, VA urges millions of veterans exposed to burn pits to file claims

Jan 26, 2023 by CBS News

Key Facts

  • For years, that's been the reality of veterans who couldn't prove to the VA that their health conditions were linked to burn pit exposure.
  • An estimated four million veterans who were deployed in the last 30 years were exposed to burn pits, according to VA Secretary Denis McDonough, who is urging veterans who may have been affected to file claims with the department.
  • "We've got a long way to go and we won't rest here in this building until we've reached every one of those vets, made sure they know what they qualify for, we get them signed up and we get that process going," McDonough said.
  • "Our efforts to reduce burn pit use involve increased communications with host nations and partners, requesting the use of alternative waste disposal methods and making investments in technologies that may turn waste disposal into usable power and energy for the warfighter," the spokesperson said.

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