WASHINGTON – John Stewart returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday after a 15-year battle for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. But this time, comedians are advocating for veterans affected by burnt pits.
Stewart said during a press conference outside the Capitol, “When America is going to start acting like America’s great country, we are telling ourselves that you are welcome to another exciting episode.”
Stewart appeared with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, DNY, Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-California, influenced 9/11 first responder advocate John Feil, former veteran affairs secretary David Shulkin, and veterans from barn pits to unveil new laws. Issue.
The bill, the projected benefits for war fighters, exposed to burnt pits and the Other Toxic Substances Act of 2020, would entitle service members to lifetime health care coverage if they were present in a charred place and had cancer or any Suffering from respiratory disease that is associated with carcinogenic toxins.
“Simply put, Bill says that if you were there, you’re covered, plain and simple,” Gillibrand said.
VA calls are a “normal” way for soldiers to get rid of garbage at military sites. The agency has mitigated the long-term effects of the burnt pits, but Stewart said soldiers could be regularly exposed to toxic fumes due to their close proximity to the sites.
“The fight starts again,” Stewart said. Stewart said, “The only difference between the 9/11 responders at Ground Zero and those who died of toxic performance is that it was caused by a terrorist attack on our country.” “Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are suffering from the same disease and the same toxic risk because of the actions of our government.”
Along with Stewart, Feel has been a regular presence in Washington over the past two decades advocating for first responders.
“It doesn’t matter who the president is, no matter who is in control of the House or Senate,” Feil said. “Whoever gets in our way and opposes us — you guys saw what we did to the Congress for 15 years — we are punching them in the mouth.”
Gillibrand told NBC News that he is “certain” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will support the bill if elected.
The husband of a veteran, Daniel Robinson, died of burns in a burning pit in May.
“He was honestly the ideal soldier, he was a non-smoker, he didn’t drink, he was in impeccable shape, and he served with great respect and did so. He was honestly one of the strongest people The one I know, ”Robinson said.
Stewart criticized legislators, who are currently deadlocked over how and when they provide Americans with another round of coronavial relief funding.
“It’s the bull —,” Stewart said. “It’s the bull. — It’s about the money. And we’re saying here today that we won’t let it happen in the dark.”