Burn Pit Educational and Legislative Conference

What's That Smell?

Thursday Apr 25, 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (UTC -04:00)

1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA - Richard L. Hurlbut Memorial Hall, 3rd Floor


Thursday Apr 25, 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (UTC -04:00)


1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA - Richard L. Hurlbut Memorial Hall, 3rd Floor

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Veteran Warriors in partnership with Hunter Seven are proud to announce our first collaborative event.

We are holding an EDUCATIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE to discuss the current legislative efforts, ongoing research and available resources to those affected by exposures to toxins; from the use of open-air burn pits in military operations.

Our guests will include; clinical researchers, legislators, and subject-matter experts; all who will be available for questions and discussion.

Thursday, April 25, 20199am - 5pmThe Charles Sumner Museum - Richard L. Hurlbut Memorial Hall, 3rd Floor

1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 Seating is extremely LIMITED and pre-registration is required by the venue. Lunch will be available for purchase from "The Blue Zucchini" (an acclaimed catering firm in the area).

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"dELAY, dENY, hOPE you DIE"


Keynote Speaker: Cmdr. Wells has a lengthy career in military and veteran legal work and leads Military Veterans Advocacy, Inc is a 501(c)(3) ran by Executive Director, retired Navy Commander, John B. Wells, who is overseen by the members of the Board of Directors.

Col. DJ Reyes, USA, (Ret.), M.A., J.D.

*Senior Mentor/Coordinator, 13th Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court *President/CEO, Cuspis Vir Consulting LLC Tampa FL *Retired U.S. Army

YN1 Lauren Price, USN, (Ret.), B.A., C.J.

*Founder / Managing Director, Veteran Warriors, Inc., since 2009 *Ten years of Naval service, including combat tour in Iraq. * Over twenty years experience in the federal court system *B.A. in Criminal Justice, A.A. in Psychology *Married to James Price *Five sons, three veterans, 1 active duty

LtCol. Sheri Boucher, MSN

has spent time on both the enlisted Army and the commissioned officer Air Force, serving over 27-years. LtCol. Boucher has seen firsthand the adverse health effects of burn pits in combat zones while deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan...

MSgt. Paul Santilli, BA

4x Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran who served with the 20th Special Operations Squadron... He is a highly respected veteran advocate in politics and public health. His role within the organization is subject specialist, resources/outreach and political affairs.

Dr. David Savitz,

Dr. Savitz, Ph.D, M.D. is Prof. of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health at the Alpert Medical School. Dr. Savitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. Dr. Savitz chaired the review of review and assessment of the VA’s Burn Pit Registry.

Jane Williams

Ms. Jane Williams is the executive director of California Communities Against Toxics. She has an extensive background in federal and state regulatory compliance for air quality, including past member of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Industrial Combustion Coordinated Rulemaking.

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM


09:15 AM - 10:00 AM


Cmdr. John Wells, USN, (Ret.)

Will be providing background, current and future judicial and legislative efforts to provide those affected by toxic exposures, the benefits and services they earned.

(Last 15 minutes: Q&A session)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Dr. David Savitz, Ph.D, M.D. is Professor of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health at the Alpert Medical School. Dr. Savitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and has served as Vice President for Research at Brown University…In 2017, Dr. Savitz was appointed chair of The Natl. Academies of science, engineering and medicine; Health and Medicine Division, Board on the Health of Select Populations and Public Health to review and assess the VA’s “Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry”.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Lt. Col. Sheri Boucher, MSN

Discussing “tertiary prevention” and flaws within the VA Burn Pit registry and ways to improve data collection methods.

Chelsey Poisson, RN-BSN

Discussing research trends, our data, correlations and trends in veteran’s healthcare via demographics, pre-deployment/during-deployment and post-deployment. Introducing “secondary prevention” strategies in the healthcare field related to legislation and the potential cost long term if not addressed properly.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

"Delay, Deny, Hope You Die"

Preview of select portions of a documentary on the Burn Pits and Toxic Exposures, produced by Greg Lovett and Morningstar Media

(Last 15 minutes: Q&A session)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

YN1 Lauren Price, USN, (Ret)., BA,C.J.

Discussing an outline of past efforts (both legislative and judicial) from the veteran standpoint, current and prospective legislative efforts, available medical resources for those affected, and Veteran Warriors mission goals regarding toxic exposures.

  • 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


    01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    MSgt. Paul Santilli, BA

    A 4x Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran who served with the 20th Special Operations Squadron. He will be discussing his works at the Warwick, Rhode Island Vet Center conducting outreach and case management to veterans who benefit from readjustment, trauma, and bereavement counseling. His motivation and special interests are veteran advocacy and policy reform to ensure a higher quality of life can be obtained by any veteran and his role  with Hunter Seven as subject specialist,  regarding resources/outreach and political affairs.

    (Last 15 minutes: Q&A session)

    01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Ms. Jane Williams, Executive Director, California Communities Against Toxics, Cease Fire Campaign

    Discussing the legal and regulatory parameters within the U.S., of chemical emissions from open-air burn pits; and the federal governmental agencies that are currently operating them.

    02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

    Col. DJ Reyes, USA, (Ret.)

    Discussing lifestyle and living with a terminal illness contracted

    from exposure to burn pits. Specific details on remaining in the workforce, keeping fit and having a positive outlook toward the future.

    (Last 15 minutes: Q&A session)

    03:30 AM - 04:00

    Personal stories from Burn Pit / Toxic Exposures victims and their families.

    04:00 - 05:00

    Open Discussion


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