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The Sergeant Sullivan Center Calls on Veterans, Advocates, Scientists, and Military Families to Provide Commentary on the VA Proposed Open Burn Pit Registry Questionnaire
Date:7/30/2013

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 30, 2013

The Sergeant Sullivan Center (SSC) today asks that all persons who have been impacted by or have scientific knowledge related to toxic and chemical exposures from burn pits and airborne hazards in the Gulf War and post-9/11 eras submit comments to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) related to the proposed questionnaire per the instructions provided below and copy The Sergeant Sullivan Center at info(at)sgtsullivancenter(dot)org.

VA officials on June 5 announced in a Federal Register Notice that they wanted to collect public comments on the proposed questionnaire, but did not at that time make the questionnaire available for the public to review online, which distressed policy makers, advocates, researchers and Veterans around the country.

Shortly thereafter, The Sergeant Sullivan Center sent a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki requesting the agency make the "questionnaire [available] to the public via a website link and reset the public comment period to allow sufficient time for all stakeholders to review and provide substantive constructive comments." Advocates and policy makers made similar requests, and the VA has now posted the relevant documents online and extended the public comment deadline by 15 days to August 20.

As SSC President Daniel Sullivan wrote in the Center's letter to Secretary Shinseki, making the questionnaire readily available for public review "will ensure that tax dollars are not wasted on creating and implementing a questionnaire that has been developed without comment from those who matter most – the Veterans who are sick, the organizations that a
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