Biden Gets Personal Over Burn Pit Bill

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

President Biden on Friday took a victory lap after Congress approved his burn pits law which would allow protection for veterans who “were exposed to toxic substances during their military service.” During a town hall at a National Guard/ Reserve Center in New Castle, Del., Biden said he would have been willing to go to “holy war” to get that legislation passed.

The town hall where the remarks were made was named after his late son Beau Biden who had served in the Delaware National Guard. The President had in the past suggested that the burn pits in Iraq could have potentially caused the brain cancer that caused his son’s death in 2015.

Biden added that while he is no doctor it has become evident that many men and women have been getting sick even after they come home. He added that they often return home “with headaches, numbness, dizziness, cancer.” As he recalled after his son had come home from Iraq he had called him and let him know that he had collapsed while running.

He continued by saying that this is not a situation unique to his family and that there are many around the country and even present during the event who are experiencing similar things.

Finally, he encouraged veterans to sign up for free health care and to get tested for toxins.