Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dear Editor: Support HB 1769 and SB 901

The purpose of this letter is to urge the general public and veterans to call their state representatives and senators in support of House Bill 1769 and Senate Bill 901, the Toxic Research Act of 2015.
Between 1945 and 1962, about 450,000 servicemen were exposed to ionizing radiation from atmosphere testing of nuclear weapons. Many scientist state that ionizing radiation can cause any cancer, but the VA only recognizes certain cancers.
During the Cold War, many servicemen, mostly Army, were exposed to chemical and biological agents to test their effectiveness, and then given antidotes. Many of their health problems today could be results of those test.
The wide use of Agent Orange in Vietnam and elsewhere has proven to be devastating to servicemen and the people of Vietnam.

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