Agent Orange & Dioxin Committee Update November/December 2021

BY MAYNARD KADERLIK, CHAIR

The committee conducted meetings to discuss issues that affect veterans and P.L.114-315, The Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, which contains provisions for veterans’ offspring. Please file for the recently added presumptives: bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

We are working to get the VA on track on P.L.114-315. The committee continues its efforts to press the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to comply with the requirements of the law. In particular, we want the Secretary to appoint an Advisory Committee. VVA President John Rowan has written a strongly worded letter to the Secretary asking him to take the steps required by the law. In addition, members of the committee have been working with Sharon Hodge, VVA’s Executive Director for Government Affairs, to get the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees to conduct oversight hearings on the matter.

The committee presented a petition to the VA Secretary at VVA’s National Convention. I thank everyone who’s helping accomplish our mission with this important issue.


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