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Contact Your Member NOW in support of H.R. 1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015
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Vietnam Veterans of America - Legislative Alert

September 7, 2016

Congressman Dan Benishek, (MI-1) has introduced H.R.1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17th).

Among the so-called invisible wounds of war are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for a decade or more?  And most tragically, they may pass on genetically to the progeny of our nation’s warriors.

If enacted into law, this bipartisan legislation would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces.

Toxins, such as Agent Orange, have been shown to cause birth defects in the children of military personnel who came into contact  with them, either during the Vietnam War, in the storage and transportation of those toxins, or by riding in aircraft that had been previously used to transport the toxins.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Founding Principle Is "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." And we strongly support H.R. 1769.

VVA urges you to Take Action NOW enter your zip code, send the prepared letters to your member of Congress in support of H.R. 1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.

Please follow up your letter with a call or visit to their district offices.

Vietnam Veterans of America (www.vva.org) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.


Contact your Senator NOW in support of S.2921 the Veterans First Act

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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA LEGISLATIVE ALERT

September 7, 2016

Your grassroots advocacy is working - And we need your Help Again! 

The legislative language of S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (KS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT), has been included in S.2921, the Veterans First Act, under Title II, Subtitle I, “Research and Toxic Exposure.” S.2921 was introduced by Senators Johnny Isakson (GA), Chairman, and Richard Blumenthal (CT), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.  VVA supports this legislation.

The bill has 44 cosponsors

On May 12, S.2921 was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar, under General Orders Calendar No. 467, for a floor vote. However, if this bill does not move, our chances of getting the Toxic Exposure Research Act and other veterans issues in the bill -- such as expanding Caregivers benefits to Vietnam Veterans and providing leasing authority for the West LA Veterans Affairs Campus to provide housing for homeless veterans -- enacted into law in this, the second session of the 114th Congress, is less than hopeful.

We need your support to move this bill to the Senate floor for a vote and passage.

VVA urges you to Take Action NOW by entering your zip code and send the prepared letter requesting your U.S. Senators contact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada asking that S.2921, the Veterans First Act, be moved to the floor of the Senate for vote and passage before the scheduled summer recess. 

Passage of the Toxic Exposure Research Act into law is one of our most important efforts in ensuring that future military service generations learn from our experience, and that our offspring receive the respect and consideration for the sacrifices and pain that they endure from illnesses associated with a parent's exposure to toxic substances during service in the United States military.

Please, follow up on your letter with a call or visit to their state office.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the only national Vietnam veterans’ organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. WWW.VVA.org

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Contact your Senator NOW in support of S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

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Vietnam Veterans of America - Legislative Alert

September 7, 2016

Senator Jerry Moran, (KS) has introduced S.901 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT).

Among the so-called invisible wounds of war, are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for a decade or more?   And most tragically, they may pass on genetically to the progeny of our nation’s warriors.

If enacted into law, this bipartisan legislation would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces.

Toxins, such as Agent Orange, have been shown to cause birth defects in the children of military personnel who came into contact with them, either during the Vietnam War, in the storage and transportation of those toxins, or by riding in aircraft that had been previously used to transport the toxins.  For Gulf War veterans, the exposure was to chemical weapons that were in an Iraqi ammo dump that was blown up by U.S. Forces at the end of the Gulf War, to oil fires, and possibly to tainted vaccines.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Founding Principle Is "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." And we strongly support S.901.

VVA urges you to Take Action NOW enter your zip code, send the prepared letters to your U.S. Senators tin support of S.901 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

Please, follow-up on your letter with a call or visit to their state office.

 

 

Vietnam Veterans of America (www.vva.org) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.

In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and "in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War."

The Secretary of Defense shall determine the schedule of major events and priority of efforts for the commemorative program, in order to ensure achievement of the objectives specified in Law. 

The commemorative program will include activities and ceremonies to achieve the following objectives: 

     1. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.

     2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.

     3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.

     4. To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.

    5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

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