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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Dr. Ruiz Earns Praise from Veteran Exposed to Burn Pits

July 16, 2018
Making Government Work for You

Mike Phelan of La Quinta was exposed to burn pits during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan -- fields where American military bases would burn waste, releasing toxic chemicals and carcinogens. After returning home, he began experiencing digestive problems requiring costly treatments, and he now fears developing more deadly health problems.

I have led efforts to ensure that veterans exposed to burn pits get the health care and information they have earned and deserve. Mike wrote me a letter thanking me for championing this key issue for veterans like him.

"I was exposed to burn pits on both my tours in Afghanistan in (2004) and Iraq (2006)," Mike said. "During my time back from deployment, I began to develop re-flux and digestive problems. I would wake up at night vomiting and have trouble breathing. I would like to thank Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz for his tireless dedication and advocacy for the veterans and their plight in the Coachella Valley. I cannot thank him enough for the veterans' lives he has and will continue to help save."

If you, a loved one, or a friend has been exposed to burn pits and would like assistance, please don’t hesitate to call my office at 760-424-8888 and ask for Patrick or Blake, both wounded warrior veterans who can assist you with the process. 

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