CLEVELAND — On Friday, March 25, a rally is being hosted by Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization in downtown Cleveland.
The rally is expected to be held in support of the Honor Our Pact Act, which would grant veterans presumed benefits, which include at least 24 illnesses linked to toxic exposure. The Department of Defense has previously said there are at least 3.5 million veterans who suffer from toxic exposure. This rally was also planned to protest Senator Rob Portman, who voted in favor of Section 437, the Veterans Burning Hearth Exposure Recognition Act. This law only covers post-9/11 veterans who have been out of the military for less than 10 years.
The Honor Our Pact Act would cover veterans from the Vietnam War to the present day and include all future veterans.
“As a veteran myself, we will no longer accept the crumbs that politicians throw at us so they can say they ‘support veterans’. We have stood up to serve our country, it is time for them to step up to honor those who have risked their lives, health and families to protect and serve them,” said Tim Hauser, a Desert Storm veteran and Burn Pits 360 representative. shows how the burns have affected hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of veterans.. We are holding this rally to show our support for HR 3967 and that this is the bill that needs to land on President Biden’s desk. “
The rally will take place in front of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building located at 1240 E. 9th Street beginning at 10 a.m.