Senate passes Burn Pit bill

 

In a major win for this nation’s veterans, the U.S. Senate has passed The Pact Act, also known as the “Burn Pit” Bill.   

This would provide 180-Billion dollars in the next four years to help veterans who have developed cancer and other illnesses after the exposure to fumes from burn pits.  The pits were used in Iraq and Afghanistan to get rid of waste and included everything from human feces to old tires.  

The bill was held up by a disagreement over the funding aspect.   The bill will now goes to the House for it’s approval and then it’s on to President Biden, who is expected to sign it.   This is one of the few pieces of legislation that has enjoyed bipartisan support. 

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of veterans burn pit claims had been rejected by the Veteran’s Administration.   If passed, this bill would allow those claims to be paid.   It also expands coverage for Agent Orange victims from the Vietnam era. 

Veterans Day events 2021

Veterans Day honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  This day originally was Armistice Day and commemorated the end of major hostilities at the end of World War 1.  It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  This day of remembrance was changed to Veterans Day in 1954.

here are a list of observances

Military.com

Heartland events

Washington D.C. events

Auburn, Washington live stream Veterans day parade

Phoenix, Arizona Veterans Day parade

New York City American Legion Veterans Day Parade

Bay Area Veterans Day observances

National Veterans Day Parade, Birmingham, Alabama

 

Country Singer dedicates new song to Marine Lance Corporal killed in Afghanistan

Up and coming country artist Jenny Tolman is dedicating this new song to Marine Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum.   He was one of the 13 members of the U.S. military killed in the rapid exit of the United States from Afghanistan.   Tolman told Fox and Friends Saturday morning that God gave her the song before McCollum was killed.   She then felt moved to donate the money earned from the song to McCollum’s young wife and their small child.  Tolman will also perform the song at the memorial service October 23, 2021.

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