**WATCH INTERVIEW HERE**
In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, veterans advocate Jon Stewart, and Burn Pits 360 Executive Director Rosie Torres, joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday’s State of the Union to discuss their recently introduced legislation to streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. The government has long ignored the thousands of veterans who are sick and dying from lung diseases, cancers, and respiratory illnesses after living among the toxic fumes, debris, and carcinogens spewed by burn pits during their service. The Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020would remove the “burden of proof” of toxic exposure from the veteran to provide enough evidence to establish a direct service connection between their health condition and exposure. Rather, the veteran would only need to submit evidence of deployment to one of the 34 countries named in the bill or receipt of a service-medal associated with the Global War on Terror or Gulf War.
Watch the full video here.