Bills filed on the state and federal levels aim to provide more medical services to veterans who have been exposed to burn pits.
LeRoy Torres says he had to give up his career because of ongoing health problems from toxins in the burn pits.
A bill is filed in the US Senate and Rep. Abel Herrero and Senator Chuy Hinojosa have also filed bills in Texas.
Veterans exposed to toxic chemicals from open air burn pits while on duty overseas could soon get some much needed assistance. Many of those veterans struggle with serious health problems because they were near the burn pits at military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, bills filed on both the federal and state levels aim to bring these veterans more resources. They aim to identify and provide more health services to veterans exposed to toxins from the burn pits, where the military burned everything from plastic and batteries, to dead animals and human waste.
It means a lot to the Torres family in Robstown, who has been dealing with the consequences of burn pit exposure for years.
LeRoy Torres served in Iraq, and worked as a state trooper. But today he struggles with ongoing health problems.
"Headaches, chronic fatigue, always have like an upset stomach," he told KRIS 6 News in March.
It's forced Torres to trade his career for days spent in the hospital. His family says his health issues are caused by toxins from burn pits.
"These men and women went to fight for our freedom, and they're coming back to face a lot of misdiagnosis, a lot of denial of any type of specialized health care," said Rosie Torres, LeRoy's wife.