Congress Looks at Relief for Military Toxic Exposure

Advocates urge assistance as veteran community has dealt with decades-long health issues.

Legislators in the House of Representatives are crafting multiple bills regarding healthcare for veterans who have experienced toxic exposure. Some former military deal with sickness related to post-9/11 burn pits, and have not received adequate health care and coverage from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Other toxic exposures, including from radiation contamination cleanup activities, are being included in some of the legislation.

“Many of those who have been exposed are living with cancers, heart disease or Parkinson’s disease,” Representative Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania stated. “They deserve relief for the pain and hardship this has caused for them and their families.”

“The burden of proof shouldn’t be on our veterans to get the benefits they deserve, and there’s no reason that they and their survivors should have to fight VA for the care and benefits they earned,” said Representative Elaine Luria of Virginia, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and U.S. Navy veteran.

“The least we can do is provide these heroes with the benefits they’ve earned in a timely manner,” stated Representative David Trone of Maryland.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for the members of Congress creating the legislation.
  • For the Veterans Affairs Department to adequately cover veterans’ health needs and provide appropriate benefits.
  • That God would heal the current and former military personnel impacted by toxic exposure.



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