BY MAYNARD KADERLIK, CHAIR
If you haven’t filed for the recent three added Agent Orange presumptives, do that soon. They are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson-like symptoms.
The committee has been having regular meetings to keep on top of this issue. We will have an Agent Orange booth at the National Convention. The committee can use help manning the booth. At the Convention we also will hold a committee meeting. We have a resolution that has been brought forward on hypertension being added as one of the presumptives. If the Resolutions Committee agrees, it will move to the Convention floor for the delegates’ consideration.
We feel that P.L.114-315, the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act, is being derailed by the VA Secretary, as indicated by two letters recently sent to Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) and VVA President John Rowan. The letters say that more research is not needed. We will deal with this.
The toxic exposure issue on military facilities is on fire. Many active and inactive military bases are very polluted. We will work with federal agencies to have them cleaned up.
We look forward to seeing many veterans and families at the Convention. As always, I want to thank the grassroots (where much work is accomplished), the AO Committee, the staff at VVA National, the Officers, and the BOD.