U.S. Senate to Consider Sen. Moran’s Historic Toxic Exposure Legislation this Week
Moran: Far Too Many Veterans Face Too Many Battles When They Return Home
Jun 06 2022
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (Kan.) spoke on the U.S. Senate Floor regarding his bill, the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. This legislation would deliver all generations of veterans suffering from toxic-exposure health care and benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“One Kansas veteran in Wichita told me that he and his dad both served in the United States Navy and both had an experience with an exposure to hazardous and toxic materials,” said Sen. Moran. “He said he didn’t believe that either one of them suffered any major issues from their exposure, causing me to think this is a veteran who’s not necessarily going to care about this legislation. But what he said was it was a concern that there would not be any help from the VA if they did, and they lived in fear and uncertainty… After hearing the news of our comprehensive toxic exposure bill this veterans said, and I quote, ‘you have now changed that for thousands of veterans and their families.’ The uncertainty, the fear is diminished and maybe gone.”
“It is time to advance this legislation and bring us one step closer to connecting all generations of veterans with the care they need due to the circumstances that war brought to them and their families,” continued Sen. Moran. “I hope after Memorial Day we brought back with us a sense of what their sacrifice means and commit to living our lives and doing our jobs worthy of their sacrifice.”
Click HERE to Watch Sen. Moran’s Full Remarks
The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 is comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to deliver all eras of toxic-exposed veterans their earned health care and benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the first time in the nation’s history. Among its many priorities, the package will expand health care for Post-9/11 combat veterans, create a framework for the establishment of future presumptions of service connection related to toxic exposure, expand VA’s list of service presumptions, and improve resources to support VA’s claims processing.
Bill text of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 can be found HERE.
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