WHO WE ARE?

The TEAM Coalition is a group of 30 military and veteran service organizations and experts.

WHAT WE DO?

The TEAM Coalition is collectively gathering data, raising awareness, promoting research, and drafting legislation on the impact of toxic exposures on those who have been made ill as the result of their military service.

WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

To reduce incidents of toxic exposures in the military and increase access to and the quality of care for those who have been made ill as the result of their military service.

WHAT ARE TOXIC EXPOSURES?

A burn pit is a military site dedicated to the open-air combustion of trash that were commonly used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A toxicant is any chemical that can inju­­re or kill humans, animals, or plants; a poison. These toxic substances are a bi-product of human-made activities.

A toxin is any naturally occurring poisonous substance (bacteria or other tiny plants or animals).

WHO IS IMPACTED?

Exposure to contaminants or other environmental hazards is emerging as a major health issue for veterans of all generations.

We believe all contaminants should be recorded and each exposure must be classified by location and contaminant type.

There are more than 2.7 million veterans affected by Agent Orange. There are more than 7,000 veterans affected by K2. There are more than 425,000 veterans affected by Gulf War Syndrome. There are more than 3 million current and former servicemembers impacted during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

There are more than 200,000 veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Burn Pit Registry – all of whom served on or after 9/11 and were deployed to a base or station where open burn pits were used.

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry allows eligible veterans and service members to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire.