Jon Stewart / Advocate

Jon Stewart is known world wide as the former the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. For sixteen years his world commentary served as the source for news and analysis for viewers who were turned off by the the nightly network news for any number of reasons. He honestly seemed to be concerned with the human issues behind the people, places and things.

After retiring from television in 2015, comedian Jon Stewart’s strived on behalf of the September 11th first responders who had become ill after working in the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York. Many say that his personal testimony in Congress brought attention not only to the tragic health conditions of these brave men, but to the total lack of concern by those in power. The result was the 2019 Senate bill that passed ensuring that the fund which compensates victims of the 9/11/2001 terror attacks never runs out of funds — and that the first responders must no longer return each year to Congress for financial assistance.

By 2020 Jon Stewart was again defending our nation’s underdogs. About this time veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts were showing up with the presumptive diseases of  asthma, sinusitis and rhinitis, complicated with unusual incidences of cancers. A presumptive disease is a health condition that is presumed to be the direct result of another event while being difficult to prove they are linked. For instance, Agent Orange exposure in the Viet Nam conflict is believed to cause bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson’s Disease. This new round of military ailments is thought to be the result of using outdoor burn pits. And fortunately Jon Stewart is back is Washington pushing the members of Congress to take care of our vets.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 3.5 million U.S. military members may have been exposed to military burn pits and will face serious health problems. As of July 1, 2022 the DVA approved disability claims for respiratory conditions from 573,000 veterans deployed to combat zones after 9/11/2001 and claims of 315,000 veterans were denied.

WebMD explains that burn pits are a common waste disposal method used by the U.S. military outside of the country. The open-air burn pits used in Iraq and Afghanistan were used to dispose of common items as well as medical waste, batteries and even jet fuel. In a publication released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs entitled Burn Pits it is stated that exposure to burning trash and human waste releases substances that can cause short-term symptoms such as nausea, headaches, and respiratory ailments. Exposures to high levels of these same chemicals cause more severe and long-term effects. The American Cancer Society classifies these many of these highly toxic materials as carcinogens or cancer producing substances.

UPDATE! This week President Joe Biden signed The PACT Act into effect. This law provides health care and benefits to all veterans, but particularly those exposed to the Burn Pits. It is the most significant expansion of veterans’ health care and benefits in more than 30 years. The advocacy efforts of Jon Stewart have contributed enormously toward creating an answer to one of our great social needs. Committed people are needed for other concerns as well.

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart was born on a Wednesday in the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. Mercury is the ruler of his INNER SELF and Jupiter governs his OUTER SELF. Individuals born with the #45 WED SAG Dayology Signature tend to be rather smart and definitely philosophical. Their life experiences are often colorful and they usually end up viewing life in their own original manner.

Yes, it’s true that those born with this signature are perceptive and verbal. Mercury and Jupiter bestow their abilities upon everyone born under their joint influence, but so much depends upon the education and initiative of the individual as to how these qualities are developed. These two energies can make a used car salesman or a devout religious leader. Jon Stewart is a comedian who improved the lives not just by laughs but through his thoughtful messages.

John Stewart is a true success story, but we can all trust our Dayology signatures to take us where we need to go. Their function is to act as our guidance system. As much as we may not believe it, we each have a purpose to discover and our lives are our own to direct. We make decisions every day which move us toward new experiences and a wider vision. We also make decisions to stay bound to old and limited versions of ourselves. It is really our choice.

It’s pretty clear that as a child Jon Stewart had no idea how he would be viewed today. He was one of four children in a middle class New York City household. His full name was Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz and his family was Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants from Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus. His parents divorced when he was eleven and as a teen he worked in a dime store. Stewart graduated from college with a degree in psychology, having switched midstream from chemistry. In his twenties he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and found that he liked it.

Stewart’s television career began in 1992 with an appearance on NBC‘s Late Night with David Letterman. A year later he created The Jon Stewart Show the MTV talk show which appears to have done better than might have been expected. From there Stewart was chosen in 1998 to host The Daily Show which he did with phenomenal success until he left in 2015. Currently he is producing his own current affairs podcasts The Problem With John Stewart on Apple TV.  

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