Jon Stewart and leading veteran organizations to hold toxic exposure presser at DC motorcycle event
Updated: May 16, 2022
On Memorial Day weekend, veteran advocates Jon Stewart and John Feal and a coalition of veterans organizations, will hold the “Pass The PACT Act Rally DC” press event during Rolling to Remember, a three-day event raising awareness of our missing and action and veteran suicide. “Pass the PACT Act” will highlight the urgent need for the Senate to pass the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or Honoring our PACT Act.
WHO: Jon Stewart, veteran advocate & host of The Problem with Jon Stewart on Apple TV+
Additional speakers may include representatives from AMVETS, VFW, DAV, MOAA, IAVA, ROA, VVA, Wounded Warrior Project, Fealgood Foundation and Burn Pits 360.
WHAT: “Pass The PACT Act Rally DC” gathering and press event to highlight the urgent need to pass the Honoring our PACT Act.
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2022 1:00 PM EDT
WHERE: RFK Stadium Fairgrounds Stage, 2400 East Capitol St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20003
BACKGROUND: Last year, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021, or Honoring our PACT Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to conclusively address toxic exposure as a cost of war. This critical bipartisan legislation has the support of 65 Veterans Service Organizations, advocates Jon Stewart and John Feal. In March, the Honoring our PACT Act passed in the House with a broad bipartisan vote, and moved on to the U.S. Senate.
About Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information, or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.
About DAV (Disabled American Veterans): DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: keeping our promises to America’s veterans. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; linking veterans and their families to employment resources; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with more than one million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at dav.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project: Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers — helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more, woundedwarriorproject.org.
About Military Officers Association of America (MOAA): The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest military officers’ association with 350,000 members from every branch of uniformed service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization, working as an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers. For more information, visit moaa.org.
About Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans, and IAVA’s programs are second to none. For more information, visit iava.org.
About AMVETS (American Veterans): AMVETS is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans. For more information, visit amvets.org
About TAPS: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, provides a variety of programs and care to all those grieving the death of a military loved one both nationally and worldwide. Our National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been held annually in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend since 1994. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world. Staff can get you connected to counseling in your community and help navigate benefits and resources. For more information, visit taps.org.
About VVA: Vietnam Veterans of America's, or VVA, goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. VVA knows what returning veterans face. We have been through it before and we know that, despite all the rhetoric, returning veterans will face major problems. VVA will be here for as long as it takes to make sure that those who serve our country receive the care and respect they have earned. For more information, visit vva.org.
About Burn Pits 360: Burn Pits 360 is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to offer an independent burn pit exposure registry in which family members can record the names of warriors who served the nation but have passed away due to illnesses from toxic injury. We are entirely dedicated to improving post-deployment health outcomes for current and former military personnel, especially those who are suffering from emerging, complicated, or unexplained post-deployment health concerns arising from service in our post-9/11 wars and previous conflicts. For more information, visit burnpits360.org