Urge Your Elected Officials to Support Comprehensive Toxic Exposure Reform Legislation
Comprehensive toxic exposure reform is needed to ensure we avoid the problems faced by Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.
Omnibus bills have been introduced by both chambers of Congress to address this issue. The Senate’s Cost of War Act and the House’s Honoring our PACT Act provide the change we need to recognizing and caring for toxic exposures. Each of these bills include the two key bills that MOAA supported with our Advocacy in Action campaign. In addition to supporting the comprehensive toxic exposure bills, we also encourage support for the following bills.
The Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act introduced by Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Peter Meijer (D-Mich.) supports veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards by conceding exposure based on location and time. If veterans file claims, the act also requires VA to help them receive a medical examination.
The Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM) Act, introduced by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) would create comprehensive toxic exposure reform to expand health care, improve the presumptive process, and ensure veteran input in the process about the critical conditions affecting the health and well-being of servicemembers, veterans, families, survivors, and caregivers as a result of exposures while in service.
These bills are an essential part of MOAA’s 2021 Advocacy in Action campaign for comprehensive toxic exposure reform. Please take a moment to write your lawmakers about the importance of backing these bills.