Congress seeks to protect veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

1 A bipartisan group in Congress — comprised of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Brian Mast (D-FL), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), have introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. “Burn pits are the Agent Orange of post 9/11 veterans,” said Gabbard. “Over 165,000 veterans have registered their names in the Burn Pit Registry, something that’s voluntary, but there are millions of our troops who have been exposed to these toxic burn pits during their deployment.” “They deserve recognition. They deserve care, and they deserve the services they have earned,” said Gabbard. “S

Snow cancels District 9 meeting on Sunday

The District 9 Meeting scheduled for Sunday is cancelled due to weather conditions.Thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you at Conference or our next District Meeting - Chris Couchot

Veterans’ Groups Compete With Each Other, and Struggle With the V.A.

Dawn Marie LeBlond, left, and Jay Bishop at a meetup hosted by Team Red, White and Blue, an upstart veterans’ group, this month in Alexandria, Va. Samuel Corum for The New York Times WASHINGTON — For generations, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts have been as integral to American political culture as pancake breakfasts, town squares and state fairs. In advocating for veterans — among the country’s most revered and coveted voters — the groups have wielded unquestioned power on Capitol Hill and inside the White House. Now, nearly a generation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the oldest and largest veterans’ service organizations — known colloquially as “the Big Six” — are se

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