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Upton sponsors legislation aimed at helping veterans

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the leading voice of the Post-9/11 generation of veterans, has announced that U.S. Rep. Fred Upton has become a cosponsor of the “Burn Pits Accountability Act” to improve the tracking and reporting of service members’ exposure to burn pits and airborne toxins during their deployments.

Upton became a co-sponsor during IAVA’s “Storm The Hill,” IAVA’s quarterly advocacy push in Washington.

IAVA Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Butler said the most recent IAVA member survey shows that 82 percent of IAVA members report being exposed to burn pits and 84 percent of those exposed report symptoms.

Butler said the organization wishes to thank Upton for signing onto the legislation.

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