Sen. Jerry Moran presented his measure, "Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022," on the Senate floor.
This measure would protect all generations of veterans from toxic-exposure health care and benefits the Department of Veterans Affairs provides.
This bill, as well as the rest of the package, will improve health care for post-9/11 war veterans. The study will also lay the foundation for future presumptions of service linkage in regard to harmful exposures.
"One Kansas veteran in Wichita informed me that he and his father both served in the US Navy and had expertise with hazardous and toxic materials," says Moran.
"He insisted that they had both not suffered severe health consequences from exposure, indicating that he is a veteran unconcerned with the regulations." However, he expressed anxiety that the VA would not be able to assist them, leaving them in fear and uncertainty... Following our comprehensive hazardous exposure legislation, this veteran stated, "We now have a different situation for thousands of veterans and their families." He added, "The worry and doubts may have disappeared."
"We need this legislation to pass and bring us a step closer to providing all generations of veterans with the medical treatment they require since the conditions presented by war have affected both them and their families," Moran concluded.
"After Memorial Day, let us bear in mind what the sacrifice of their lives means and resolve to live our lives and perform our jobs in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice."