Burn pits were used to burn and burn all types of waste, hazardous materials and chemical compounds at military sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.
“And we’re saying here today that we won’t let this happen in the dark,” he said.
Stewart, who previously supported a bill to help first responders who became ill as a result of their work on 9/11, to pay for health care through 20-20, people who had been sick since 9/11 and Draws parallels between veterans who went to fight in Iraq. Afghanistan points to jet fuel as the common fuel that has caused illnesses for both veterans and first responders.
Stewart said jet fuel was used as an accelerator for the burnt pits and that the pits were larger on 10 acres and “burned 24/7.”
“When it was done, we thought it was done,” Stewart said. “But it turns out that war fighters who were sent to trial on the basis of the 9/11 attack now have the same injuries and illnesses that first responders have to suffer, and they get the same cold shoulder from Congress Receiving that they received. And so the fight begins again. “