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Last updated: July 21. 2014 10:45AM - 104 Views
Thomas Crisp Contributing Columnist



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On June 9, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA-17) introduced H.R. 4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014, which is a companion bill to S.1602, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).


“My bill will extend care to Veterans who can show that their medical illnesses have a direct relation to a toxic substance they were exposed to,” said Rep. Honda. “Additionally, this act will take care of the children, grandchildren, and future descendants who have been affected by these poisons.This is about keeping our promise to our veterans. This is about making sure that they get the care that they not only deserve, but they have earned.”


H.R.4816 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a national center for the diagnosis, treatment, and research of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces, and to provide certain services to those descendants.


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) strongly supports H.R. 4816, which upholds their founding principle, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”


VVA urges you to go to their Legislative Action Center site at capwiz.com/vva/home and Take Action Now by sending the letter via email to your U.S. Representatives, asking them to cosponsor H.R.4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014.


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