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Vietnam Veterans of America

Legislative Alert

July 18, 2014

Please write to your representatives today and ask them to support H.R. 4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014.

On June 9, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) introduced H.R. 4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014, which is a companion bill to S.1602, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

“My bill will extend care to Veterans who can show that their medical illnesses have a direct relation to a toxic substance they were exposed to,” said Rep. Honda. “Additionally, this act will take care of the children, grandchildren, and future descendants who have been affected by these poisons. This is about keeping our promise to our veterans. This is about making sure that they get the care that they not only deserve, but they have earned.”

H.R.4816 directs the VA to establish a national center for the diagnosis, treatment, and research of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces, and to provide certain services to those descendants.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) strongly supports H.R. 4816, which upholds our founding principle, "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."

VVA urges you to enter your zip code and Take Action Now by sending the letter to your U.S. Representatives,  asking them to please join their colleagues Representatives; Madeleine Bordallo, GU, John Conyers, MI-13,  Peter  DeFazio, OR-4, Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, AS, Raul Grijalva, AZ-3, Brian Higgins, NY-26, William  Keating, MA-9, Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-1, Barbara Lee,CA-13,  James  McGovern, MA-2, Grace Napolitano, CA-32,  Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC,  Chellie Pingree, ME-1, Peter Welch, VT, Ed Pastor, AZ-7, Nick Rahall, WV-3, Filemon Vela, TX-34 and  Nita Lowey, NY-17   in support of  H.R. 4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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