Monday, November 18, 2013

VVA to Pull Out All Stops to Enact New Toxic Exposure Legislation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Among the so-called invisible wounds of war are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for a decade or more," said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). "Tragically, these wounds may be passed on genetically to the progeny of our nation's warriors, as we are well acquainted with having been exposed to Agent Orange."
"Therefore we welcome the introduction of S.1602, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013, which has just been introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).  This legislation would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis, treatment, and research of the health conditions of the progeny of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service in the Armed Forces, and to provide diagnostic treatment and care to them," Rowan said.
"VVA strongly supports this bill, which reflects positively on one of our foremost legislative goals.  Not only will its enactment help achieve a measure of justice for the innocent victims of the use of toxic substances in times of war, but it offers significant opportunities for scientific research into the intergenerational effects of these toxic chemicals," noted Rowan. This legislation would also establish an Office of Extramural Research, to award grants to reputable scientists and epidemiologists to conduct research on wounds, illnesses, injuries, and other conditions suffered by individuals as a result of exposure to toxic substances while serving as members of the Armed Forces.

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