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Forced to live near burning trash

Our troops have to deal with a lot. You're away from your family. No matter your job or rank, your work deals with life or death. And if you're serving overseas in a warzone, like I did, chances are you're getting shot at pretty regularly. That's why it's called serving, because you're sacrificing your safety to serve your country.

With all that going on, you wouldn't think our service members would have to deal with toxic waste, did you?

Think again.

They're called burn pits.

Military bases in conflict zones generate waste, and it's not like there are recycling centers soldiers can march their trash to. The result is that members of the armed forces, no matter their job or rank, are routinely exposed to all kinds of toxins generated from burning trash.

So, on top of potentially coming home with PTSD and life-altering injuries, our troops are experiencing cancers and respiratory illnesses because they're forced to live near burning trash.

it's no secret that our country fails our veterans. But we cannot afford to fail our active service members too. Frankly, leaving our troops to suffer the toxic effects of burn pits is a national security issue.

When I'm in Congress I'll prioritize the brave people who volunteer to put their lives on the line, all the way from when they enlist to when they retire and beyond.

And Madison Cawthorn? When had a chance to learn about burn pits in a Zoom hearing, he spent his time fiddling with his guns rather than listening to our veterans. Unbelievable.

Let's go.


Posted on February 22, 2022.