Keith King and his daughter Amy Applewhite testified
before the U.S. Senate committee in Washington, D.C. on Thursday in
favor of the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013.
S.1602, introduced by Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal,
deals with toxic substances used in times of war, and it offers
scientific research into the effects of chemicals.
“Because of our ongoing struggle with the unfortunate legacy of
Agent Orange, and because of our empathy for veterans of other
conflicts, including the first Gulf War, with their still-undefined Gulf
War illnesses, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where exposure to
fumes from burn pits will be their unwanted legacy, we will pull out all
stops to work to ensure passage of S. 1602, and see that companion
legislation is introduced in the House,” said John Rowan, Vietnam
Veterans of America president.
VVA holds town hall meetings on the effects of chemicals,
particularly the herbicide called Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans. King
is president of the Veterans Support Foundation that supports the VVA’s
service officer program via annual grants. Applewhite, 40, lives in
Sterling Heights. They have spoken at many town halls.
“We were asked to come to Washington and testify because we’ve
been going around telling our story that makes grown men cry,” King
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