Congressman Introduces Act to Help Veterans
WASHINGTON - Congressman Todd Akin, R-Missouri, introduced the Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011 to the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
The goal of the legislation is to help the Veterans Administration better serve veterans suffering from medical conditions as a result of exposure to burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Boonville resident and veteran Robert Crump spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he said he was exposed to burn pits day and night. Crump said he now suffers from respiratory issues, chronic coughing and nose bleeds three to four times a week.
Crump hopes the legislation moves forward to help bring awareness to the effects of being exposed to the burn pits as well as to help the VA better care for veterans suffering from those effects.
Some of the waste burned in the pits where soldiers work and live includes plastics, Styrofoam, metal and aluminum cans, chemicals, petroleum and lubricant products, wood waste, non-hazardous medical and human waste and more.