Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's Bill to Evaluate US Troops’ Exposure to Toxic Burn Pits

Some are calling it the 'agent orange' of the post 9-11 generation, right in the middle of it, as Kellie Meyer from our Washington Bureau reports, is Hawaii U.S Representative Tulsi Gabbard.

Kellie Meyer, Washington News Bureau: Over 140,000 active duty service members and veterans are reporting exposure to open burn pits and toxic chemicals. the pits were a common way to get rid of waste in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is introducing a bill to stop these injuries from happening. She joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday to introduce the Burn Pits Accountability Act. The bill sets out to evaluate service members exposure to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals and try to treat injuries. gabbard says the exposure to these chemicals can cause serious and life threatening effects.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: "There's no research or mandatory tracking system in place on which veterans were exposed to these burn pits what the effects on their health have been, how many there have been and this all must happen in order for the follow on action by the va to take place."

Kellie Meyer: Gabbard tells me a big factor in this getting passed is raising the awareness of her colleagues in Congress. But she says she is seeing the bipartisan momentum beginning to grow. Then it's left to hear from the Department of Veteran Affairs and the White House on just what they'll do to move this issue forward.