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January 19, 2022

Trone Calls For Immediate Action to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2022

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, Sasha.Galbreath@mail.house.gov

Trone Calls For Immediate Action to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

Jon Stewart and Rep. David Trone discuss the need for an expedited implementation plan for securing benefits for toxic-exposed veterans. You can view the conversation here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) called for immediate action to treat veterans suffering from toxic burn pit exposure during a roundtable hosted by the House Committee On Veterans’ Affairs. The hearing focused on the Honoring Our Promise To Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which includes Trone’s bill, the FASTER Presumptions Act.

Trone, whose district is home to more than 42,000 veterans, introduced the Fairly Assessing Service-related Toxic Exposure Residual (FASTER) Presumptions Act in May of 2021 to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) presumptive decision-making process, reduce the burden of proof for veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service, and ensure faster access to their VA disability benefits.

Trone – who is working from home while recovering from COVID-19 – discussed the urgent issue with Jon Stewart, former host of the Daily Show and current host of The Problem with Jon Stewart. You can view Trone and Stewart’s remarks from the hearing here.

During his time on the House Committee On Veterans’ Affairs, Trone has also led bills to secure the restoration of benefits to defrauded veterans and their families and protect access to housing benefits for student veterans, which was signed into law by President Biden in December.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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