Tulsi Gabbard on Burn Pits

Key Points

  • Tulsi has led efforts to help service members who have been exposed to burn pits while on active duty, along with their families
  • Tulsi has introduced and co-sponsored legislation to assist those who have been affected, and also serves as a member of the Congressional Burn Pit Caucus

  • Over 140,000 servicemembers and veterans have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals.

  • Exposure to burn pits can produce serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis the ‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation


  • Tulsi introduced H.R. 5671 - Burn Pits Accountability Act, a bipartisan bill, to evaluate exposure to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals, and begin the process of ensuring proper care and services for the nation’s servicemembers and veterans

  • Tulsi is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 6027 - Family Member Access to Burn Pit Registry Act, which would allow family members to register in the burn pits registry on behalf of a deceased service member

Tulsi’s Statements/Video

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