For more than a decade, Danielle’s husband Heath served in the Ohio National Guard, and at the age of 35, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He told Danielle he had been exposed to burn pits.

“The oncologist right away was shocked and gave him four to six weeks to live,” said Robinson.

Heath died at the age of 39. Danielle said, in the last year of his life, the family had to fight the VA for his benefits. In Congress, there are several bills working on making it easier for these veterans to get help. One of them, introduced by Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman, is named the Heath Robinson Burn Pit Transparency Act.

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