Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

By: - August 16, 2022 3:00 am

Open-air burn pits were used frequently during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to dispose of medical waste, batteries and even jet fuel. But after returning from deployment, U.S. soldiers experienced illnesses they believe were a direct result of working and living next to the toxic sites. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Shutt
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Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.