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Health U.S. passes bill to improve health care for military veterans

05:51  03 august  2022
05:51  03 august  2022 Source:   msn.com

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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that improves health care and disability benefits for military veterans exposed to toxic combustion pits, and also extends safeguards for their family members.

File - U.S. actor Jon Stewart speaks during an event at the U.S. Capitol advocating for legislation to help veterans who have been exposed to mass graves. - Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Wire/dpa © Provided by News 360 File - U.S. actor Jon Stewart speaks during an event at the U.S. Capitol advocating for legislation to help veterans who have been exposed to mass graves. - Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Wire/dpa

With 86 votes in favor and eleven against, the bill has been described by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, as "the largest expansion of benefits for health problems related to military service in 30 years", reported 'The Washington Post'.

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"For the millions of veterans who may have been exposed to harmful toxins, this bill means faster access to health care services. This could be the difference between life and death for many who suffer from illnesses related to toxic substances," Biden said in a statement issued by the White House.

"I have long said we have many obligations as a nation, but we have only one sacred obligation: to prepare and equip those we send to war and care for them and their families when they return home," he added.

Specifically, the measure would provide a monthly stipend for the spouse or children of a servicemember killed by toxic exposure, as well as access to benefits such as college scholarships, assistance with mortgage loans or life insurance.

The bill also expands health care resources for people exposed to combustion pits, and could provide coverage for up to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic substances.

It also adds hypertension to the list of diseases developed as a result of burning and toxic substances, CNN has learned.

Burn pits are excavations filled with any and all debris from a military deployment that are then set on fire with jet fuel or diesel. These incinerations release toxic particles that can harm the health of people in the vicinity.

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