Biden signs sweeping burn-pit law to help ailing military veterans
Added 08-10-22 01:35:02pm EST - “President Biden on Wednesday signed into law new health care benefits for veterans exposed to hazardous toxins in the line of duty, calling it "the most significant law our nation has ever passed."” - Washingtontimes.com
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President Biden on Wednesday signed into law new health care benefits for veterans exposed to hazardous toxins in the line of duty, calling it “the most significant law our nation has ever passed.”
Mr. Biden, who called on Congress to pass the legislation during his first State of the Union Address, said the issue was personal.
“Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan not only faced dangers in battle,” he said. “They were breathing toxic smoke from burn pits. When they came home, many of the fittest and best warriors that we sent to war were not the same. Headaches, numbness, dizziness, cancer.”
The president’s eldest son died from brain cancer in 2015 at age 46. Mr. Biden has linked his son’s death to burn pits and Beau Biden worked in the military near burn pits, but the link is unproven.
The new law expands access to health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs for millions who served near burn pits. It also directs the VA to presume that certain respiratory illnesses and cancers were related to burn pit exposure, allowing veterans to obtain disability payments to compensate for their injury without having to prove the illness was a result of their service.
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