AGENT ORANGE PRESUMPTIONS IN JEOPARDY
VFW opposes amendment that would change how presumptive disabilities would be determined.
July 20, 2011
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is adamantly opposed to an amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to change the manner in which presumptive disabilities related to exposure to Agent Orange would be determined. The senator wants to require veterans to prove a positive connection between Agent Orange exposure and one or more of the 15 presumptive illnesses that the VA now recognizes. We cannot allow this amendment to pass.
Vietnam veterans have suffered long enough from the effects of exposure to Agent Orange. For decades we told the government that being exposed to Agent Orange made veterans sick. Now that the VA Secretary has determined he had the scientific evidence required to recognize the disabilities, we cannot allow a change in presumptive rules just because the government can't balance its own budget.
The cost of caring for our nation's veterans continues long after the last shots are fired. America and the United States Congress must live up to that obligation. Call or e-mail both your U.S. Senators today and tell them that "Coburn Amendment #564 to H.R. 2055 is a deal breaker with America's veterans!"
Contact your Senators at http://capwiz.com/vfw/callalert/index.tt?alertid=51700501.
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