Stewart joined Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, the Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz of California, former VA secretary David Shulkin and John Feal, a veterans lawyer, at a news conference Tuesday to speak in support of the alleged benefits of war Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020, a proposed bills that would support veterans who were exposed to harmful fumes that came from fire pits.
Burials were used to incinerate and incinerate all types of waste, hazardous materials and chemical compounds at military sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.
“And we are here today to say that we will not let this happen in the dark,” he said.
Stewart, who previously supported a bill to help the first responders who became ill as a result of their work on September 11 to pay for health care through 2092, drew parallels between those who fell ill by September 11 and veterans , which went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, pointing to aviation fuel as the common ingredient that has led to diseases for both veterans and first responders.
Stewart said jet fuel was used as an accelerator for the trenches and that the pits were as large as 10 acres and “burned 24/7.”
“When it was done, we thought it was done,” Stewart said. “But it turns out that the warriors who were sent to prosecute the fight based on the 9/11 attacks are now suffering the same injuries and illnesses that the first respondents are suffering from, and they are getting the same cold shoulder from Congress, as they received. And then the fight starts again. “