In 2017, Heath was diagnosed with a rare cancer caused by prolonged exposure to burn pits. Retiring in 2019, the Veterans Administration denied providing him with family caregiver benefits, who at the time did not recognize the connection between burn pits and chronic illnesses.
Heath died May 6th, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Danielle, and daughter, Brielle.
His fight would continue in the eventual passing of the Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. The legislation provides comprehensive relief for all generations of veterans, from Agent Orange to the 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans exposed to burn pits during their deployments.