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Vietnam Veterans of America

December 13, 2016

The House and Senate are  in recess

U.S. Senate passes Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, H.R. 6416, the Miller-Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act of 2016, unanimously passed the Senate and is now on the way to the President's Desk for signature into law.

Among the 76 separate provisions of the bill are measures aimed at improving veterans' access to care, benefits, education, and homeless assistance.

Also included in the legislation are the provisions of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, Vietnam Veterans of America top legislative priority.

On behalf of our National President, John Rowan my heartfelt congratulations go to all of you who answered the call and took action activating your communities, and working with your representatives on Capitol Hill. Through your relentless perseverance, your voices have been heard.

This legislation, a necessary first step, will lay the groundwork for the research we need on the health of our children and grandchildren, whom we believe, have been impacted by exposures during their parents’ military service.

VVA also thank Senators Moran-KS and Blumenthal-CT for introducing the bill in the Senate S.901 and Representatives Benishek (MI-1) and Honda (CA-17) for introducing the bill in the House H.R. 1769 and their colleagues on both sides for ensuring that this bipartisan legislation was enacted into law.

This is a milestone. Stand by. Our work is not done.

Yours,
John Rowan, VVA National President/CEO

 


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