ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will speak at an event hosted by SMSgt Jessey Baca and his wife, Maria, to recognize the establishment of the federal burn pit registry.
The event is 3 p.m., Tuesday at Real Time Solutions, 2nd Floor, 301 Central Ave NW in Albuquerque.
The burn pit registry is the first step toward providing medical care and research for service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event will also welcome the passage of a bill in the New Mexico State Legislature, the Senior Master Sergeant Jessey Baca Military Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Act, which was introduced by New Mexico State Senator Michael Padilla and will go into effect as law July 1.
Staff from both Udall and Lujan Grisham’s office will conduct office hours during the event to assist veterans with issues related to federal agencies.
Udall authored and championed the bipartisan Burn Pits Registry Act to establish a federal registry, and it was signed into law by the president in 2013. Lujan Grisham also supported the measure in the House. Udall began work on the legislation after meeting the Bacas and learning about Jessey’s battle with cancer, chronic bronchiolitis, chemical induced asthma, brain lesions, and numerous other ailments believed to have been caused by exposure to burn pits in Iraq.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
WHAT: Udall, Lujan Grisham attend an event hosted by SMSgt Jessey and Maria Baca to welcome the establishment of a federal burn pit registry of service members and veterans
TIME: 3 p.m. MT