Sen. Jerry Moran Joins With Senator Blumenthal To Introduce Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014
(Washington, DC)– “We applaud Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for joining forces to introduce The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014, said VVA National President John Rowan. “Among the so-called invisible wounds of war are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for decades. And most tragically, the damage done by the toxins may pass on genetically to the children and grandchildren of our nation’s warriors. Our children are the innocent victims of our military service.”
This bill, (S.2738), instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxins during service in the Armed Forces. Further, S.2738 calls for the establishment of an advisory board to oversee and assess the work of the center; to determine health conditions that result from toxic exposure; and to study and evaluate cases of exposure. The advisory board will advise the Secretary of VA on issues related to research conducted at the National Center and the particular benefits and services required by the descendants of individuals exposed while serving as members of the Armed Forces.
Sen. Moran Speaks About Toxic Exposure Research Act on U.S. Senate Floor
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the U.S. Senate Floor about the Toxic Exposure Research Act.
Tony Becker, cast member of the TV show "Tour of Duty", encourages you to learn more about Agent Orange and other toxic exposures that have occurred during military conflicts. Visit the Faces of Agent Orange page today!
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KWCH TV in WICHITA, Kansas, is one of the many media outlets that covered the August 7 Faces of Agent Orange Town Hall meeting held in conjunction with VVA’s National Leadership & Education Conference.
Hundreds of war veterans talked about "Agent Orange" at a meeting in Wichita. They wanted to know what was being done about it. The chemical was used during the Vietnam War to clear the jungle. Now, veterans are saying it has not only affected their mental, physical, and emotional health, but also their families. The reason so many veterans were there is to raise awareness of "Agent Orange" and file a claim.
More Research Needed on Progeny of Vets Exposed to Toxins
In an August 12 Army Times article by Patricia Kime, several U.S. senators say more research is needed on the health of the children and grandchildren of troops exposed to environmental pollution and chemicals while they served in the military.
In an August 9 Military.com news article by Bryant Jordan, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald announced that an independent organization will review patient scheduling processes for all VA medical facilities in the country.
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VVA To Hold Town Hall Meeting on Generational Effects of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Wichita (July 31, 2014)
(Washington, D.C.)—The Vietnam Veterans of America Kansas State Council will hold a Town Hall meeting to address the birth defects, diseases, and learning disabilities affecting the children and grandchildren of our nation’s veterans. The forum will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, located at 400 West Waterman Street, in Meeting Room Eagle D.
“We cannot be silent about the effects of our battlefield exposures on our children in the face of overwhelming evidence connecting many diseases and birth defects to exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals,” said Ron Zink, VVA Kansas State Council President. “We encourage all veterans with children and/or grandchildren suffering from illnesses, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities to come share their stories. We will explore issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure, including health effects and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of our veterans, their children, and their families,” said Zink.
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The Department of Defense (DoD) has violated the law by failing to release records showing that it has wrongfully discharged nearly 26,000 service members on the basis of so-called "Personality Disorder."