Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin tells Fox News the department is not doing enough to provide vital benefits to service members returning from war -- especially those made sick from prolonged exposure to burn pits.
But the area that I think that we continue to make the same mistake on, for generations of veterans, is in our benefits area," Shulkin said in a recent interview with Fox News' Investigative Unit.
The Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., would require the VA to provide health and disability services to Global War on Terror veterans who served in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations where they were exposed to toxins.
Shulkin said listing a presumptive condition of toxic exposure for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been vital in providing much-needed assistance.
Stewart said in a recent interview with Fox News' Investigative Unit that enough data pointed to a connection between burn pit exposure and the illnesses that thousands of veterans have developed after their service.