Thursday, January 24, 2013

Deployment Health News for 23 January 2013 - Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Signed Into Law, 11 January 2013
“U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced that President Obama signed their bill to establish a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan into law. ‘We celebrate the conclusion of our bipartisan effort to improve the health and well-being of our veterans,’ Udall said, ‘This is a victory for our men and women in uniform across the globe, and I am proud to say it was made possible by the strong advocacy of Master Sergeant Jessey and Maria Baca of New Mexico,’ Udall said. "Just as our veterans have answered the call of duty for our country, we have answered their call for better information and today brings us closer to insuring this special population receives the care and treatment they deserve."

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