In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks privately about PFAS and what is and is not being done to protect firefighters exposed to toxic substances.
Kevin talks about the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act and where the piece of proposed legislation currently rests in Congress, explaining some of the bill's stipulations and what he feels needs to be revised to ensure all military firefighters are protected.
As the episode transitions to other topics, Kevin explains how he continues to receive correspondence from current and former military firefighters who state their VA claims are being denied despite their proven exposure to AFFF and PFAS.
Kevin asks that the Weekend Wrap-up audience send him an email with their questions, concerns, interest in being on the podcast. Messages can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Lecik Military Firefighter Protection Act
Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021 (House Bill)
Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021 (Senate Bill)
Firefighters Denied Coverage by Veterans Affairs After Exposure to PFAS Firefighting Foam
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Statement Regarding the Need Not to Conduct PFAS Blood Testing
Vista Analytical Laboratory and PFAS Testing
Indoor Dust Contains PFAS and Other Toxic Chemicals
Gear Treated with 'Forever Chemicals' Poses Risk to Firefighters
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