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Recommended for Medal of Freedom Award

Le Roy and Rosie Torres have recently received seven recommendations for the Medal of Freedom Award from their efforts fighting for US Veterans and Service Members and involvement in the passing of the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022

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  • Rosie Torres

    Rosie Torres is a devoted military wife, mother, and grandmother, with a remarkable 23-year career at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Motivated by her husband's unresolved health issues after his deployment, Rosie became a pivotal advocate for veterans affected by burn pits and toxic chemicals. She founded the first independent Burn Pit registry to document symptoms from such exposures, casting light on the overlooked struggles of many families.

    Her advocacy played a crucial role in passage of the Veteran Affairs Airborne Hazards Open Hazards Burn Pit Registry signed by President Obama.

    She organized a 5 day fire watch on the steps of our U.S capitol and together with comedian Jon Stewart, John Feal from the Fealgood Foundation, Firefighters from the 9/11 WTC Community and several Veterans they passed the "Honoring our PACT Act of 2022," which now provides recognition and necessary healthcare benefits to veterans suffering from toxic exposures.

    Thanks to her efforts, over five million veterans have received care and benefits. Recognizing her relentless dedication, Rosie was nominated for the Medal of Freedom by several members of Congress in November 2022.

  • LeRoy Torres

    Captain LeRoy Torres followed his lifelong dream to be a Soldier and Texas State Trooper, serving in the US Army Reserve for 23 years (7 active, 16 reserve) and the Texas Highway Patrol for 14.

    When he returned from a year-long deployment to Camp Anaconda in Balad Iraq with health issues that interfered with daily life and work, he was fired abruptly from his job and denied health benefits from the VA.

    Le Roy’s job loss later led to a victory with the The U.S. Supreme Court who ruled that the state of Texas can be sued under military anti-discrimination law, who said Texas violated federal law when it did not give him a new job upon his return from military service.

    In a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that states gave up their immunity under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which protects veterans from employee discrimination. Le Roy’s case set legal precedent and is now helping thousands of reservists across the nation.

    Alongside his wife Rosie, LeRoy co-founded Burn Pits 360 and established the first independent registry for documenting symptoms related to burn pit and toxic chemical exposures.

    His advocacy played a crucial role in passage of the Veteran Affairs Airborne Hazards Open Hazards Burn Pit Registry signed by President Obama.

    Their advocacy was instrumental in the creation of the "Honoring our PACT Act of 2022," aimed at ensuring that veterans like him would never be denied treatment. As a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, LeRoy’s dedication to service has never faltered, contributing to over five million veterans receiving essential care and benefits.

    In recognition of his enduring service and advocacy, he was recommended for the Medal of Freedom by several members of Congress in November 2022.

Our Mission

Our mission is to reintegrate, restore and build resilience through facilitating the unmet needs of warriors and their families through outreach, advocacy, education and research.

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What Is A Burn Pit?

During the OEF and OIF wars, government contractors burned up to 227 metric tons of hazardous waste at forward operating bases using jet fuel in large ground pits. Items burned included: batteries, medical waste, amputated body parts, plastics, ammunition, human waste, animal carcasses, rubber, chemicals, & more. Exposure to these toxins, have caused a traumatic impact on the lives of our service members and their families.

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The Problem with Jon Stewart

For the debut of his new show, Jon Stewart had Le Roy and Rosie on as part of a panel sharing the horrifying realities about burn pits and navigating care after service.

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