Former Daily Show host turned activist, Jon Stewart, has turned his attention toward advocating for Servicemembers who are living with lung injuries from burn pits. With Stewart’s name lending support, advocates of ensuring Veterans who have become dangerously ill through exposure to military burn pits.
Since retiring from television in 2015, Stewart has spent his time advocating on behalf of 9/11 First Responders who got sick after working in the toxic conditions of the World Trade Center in New York. His testimony in 2019 pushed Congress to preserve the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.
After the 9/11 testimony, Stewart didn’t think he’d be back in Washington. However, after meeting Rosie Torres, an advocate for veterans injured by burn pits, he decided to lend his voice to urge Congress to create measures to ensure these vets are taken care of.
“We thought it was done,” Stewart said, “but it turns out that the veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering the same illnesses and the same toxic exposures because of the actions of our own government.”
Veterans and their families have been fighting to be recognized for their injuries for more than a decade. However, when they try to get help from the VA based on overseas toxic exposure,
Hundreds of thousands of Veterans have signed on to the Open Burn Pit Registry.
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