MEDIA ADVISORY: Reps. Gabbard and Mast, IAVA To Hold Press Conference on Burn Pits Accountability Act

May 15, 2018
Press Release

Media Advisory for May 17—Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Brian Mast (FL-18), along with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), will hold a press conference with cosponsors and supporters of the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R. 5671). The bipartisan legislation would evaluate servicemembers’ exposure to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals to begin the process of understanding, assessing, and treating these service-related ailments. Over 140,000 servicemembers and veterans have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals over the past three decades. Exposure can produce serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis the ‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation.



Day-of Contact: Lauren McIlvaine (Gabbard): (202) 713-6040

Thursday, May 17, 2018:


  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
  • Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18)
  • Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
  • Supporting veterans, veteran service organizations (VSOs), and military service organizations (MSOs)

When: 10:00 AM ET

Where:  House Triangle, U.S. Capitol

  • Rain location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room Number 2216





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