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What do TV personality Jon Stewart, U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, a retired New York firefighter and an Army veteran all have in common? A passion for advocacy and the desire to improve access to treatment for migraine disease.

Each advocate was featured recently in “Chronic Headache Disorders & Toxic Exposure,” a national virtual policy discussion hosted by The Headache & Migraine Policy Forum and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. The event, summarized below in seven quotes, focused on the long-term impact of airborne hazards and burn pit exposure on 9/11 first responders and veterans.

“Chronic Headache Disorders & Toxic Exposure” coincided with Headache on the Hill, an annual advocacy event aimed at improving awareness about the impact of headache disorders and the need for research funding.

To learn more about The Headache & Migraine Policy Forum’s advocacy efforts, visit

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