As we bid farewell to the year, we are filled with gratitude for the incredible support and generosity that has defined Burn Pits 360's journey. Thirteen years ago, we embarked on this mission from our kitchen table, and your steadfast commitment has propelled us to where we stand today. We want to express our deepest appreciation for being an integral part of Burn Pits 360's community.
This year has been marked by remarkable achievements, made possible by your generous donations. Together, we successfully championed The Honoring our PACT Act, a crucial step forward in addressing the health challenges faced by our veterans. Your contributions enabled us to acquire essential medical equipment, such as oxygen concentrators and hyperbaric chambers, positively impacting the lives of Veterans. Moreover, we took a groundbreaking step by publishing the first Military Toxic Exposure Guide, influencing over half a million Veterans.
Your belief in our mission empowers us to continue operating our Warrior Support Center in Robstown, Tx, maintain our National Burn Pit Registry, and conduct life-changing research. Through your financial support, we have been able to change and save lives, showcasing the tangible impact we can achieve together. We are immensely proud to have you as a vital member of our community, and your dedication propels us toward new heights in the upcoming year.
Reflecting on the challenges and triumphs of the past year, we acknowledge that none of our accomplishments would be possible without supporters like you. Your commitment to Burn Pits 360 serves as a beacon of hope and a catalyst for positive change. As we extend our warmest wishes for the season, we eagerly anticipate the joy, fulfillment, and continued success that the coming year holds. We look forward to sharing more progress and accomplishments with you in the future.
Once again, thank you for your incredible generosity and for being an indispensable part of our mission. Your support truly makes a world of difference.
Advancing the PACT Act: A Call for Action in 2024
Reflecting on more than a year since the passage of the PACT Act, we find ourselves at a critical juncture. While progress has been made, there is still work to be done to fulfill the potential of this crucial legislation. In 2024, our hope is directed towards the Veterans Administration (VA) taking immediate and concrete steps to aid our heroes suffering from exposure to toxic chemicals overseas.
Specifically, urgent action is needed to establish a diagnostic code for constrictive bronchiolitis (CB), one of the 23 presumptive conditions for burn pit exposure outlined in PACT. Additionally, the VA must implement a screening process utilizing non-invasive functional lung imaging to efficiently identify Constrictive Bronchiolitis and other deployment-related respiratory diseases. The adoption of these new technologies through a pilot program will ensure that more veterans receive the help they need promptly, fulfilling the promise of PACT.
The stark reality is that our warfighters are still suffering, and fulfilling the intent of the law is our moral obligation. Under PACT, healthcare and benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances were expanded, removing the burden of proof. Since its enactment in August 2022, the VA has received over 978,000 claims, underscoring the urgency of action. This year, both the US House and Senate supported the use of non-invasive, FDA-approved, and four-dimensional lung modeling technologies for screening, aiming to save veterans from unnecessary, invasive procedures.
As we look ahead to 2024, let us unite in advocating for the swift implementation of these critical measures. The health and well-being of our veterans depend on it, and together, we can fulfill the promise of the PACT Act.
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