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Statement from NVLSP Executive Director Paul Wright on Senate Block of PACT ACT

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) Executive Director Paul Wright issued the following statement in response to the Senate's vote to block Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act last night. The PACT Act is the most comprehensive … [more]

Released 7/28/22 | Tags: Agent Orange, Burn Pits, Congressional Legislation, Toxic Exposures, Veteran's Benefits

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NVLSP’s Stichman Discusses Burn Pits and Harm to Troops in The New York Times

Released 8/12/22 at The New York Times | Tags: Burn Pits, Congressional Legislation, Toxic Exposures, Veteran's Benefits

The New York Times Reporter John Ismay spoke with NVLSP Co-Founder and Special Counsel Bart Stichman about burn pits and the devastating effects they can have on troops.  Mr. Ismay also spoke with Lee Cosens, a veteran who detailed his burn pit exposure. Mr. Cosens was diagnosed with kidney … [more]

Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep.Raul Ruiz, Jon Stewart, Veterans Advocates Announce Landmark Legislation

Released 9/15/20 | Tags: Congressional Legislation, Veteran's Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), U.S. Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), veterans advocate Jon Stewart, 9/11 activist John Feal, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, and many veterans advocates, held a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol to announce new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. The bill would streamline the process for veterans to obtain VA benefits for illness due to exposure to burn pit and other toxic exposures. Approximately 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air. [more]

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