Navarro Receives Unanimous Approval - Another Win for Veterans
Created on Monday, 23 March 2015 18:49
Senate Joint Resolution 15-008 passed the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today with an uncontested 11-0 vote. Sponsored by Senator Crowder and Representative Navarro, Resolution 15-008, aims to provide Congressional support for U.S. Senate Bill 1602, “Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013”. Senate Bill 1602 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on October 29th, 2013 and then assigned to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee where it still remains having made no progress.
The Department of Veterans Affairs compensates veterans that have diseases due to their exposure to toxic chemicals during their military service. Recent research has shown that descendants of veterans exposed to toxic chemicals are just as likely to contract certain diseases because of their ancestors’ exposure. Senate Joint Resolution 15-008 states, “[As of now] No government agency has addressed the full effects of toxic substances exposure that these veterans have passed on to their descendants.” Research has shown up to 700 diseases including diabetes, leukemia, autism, and various cancers can be attributed to veterans' exposure to toxic chemicals.
Senate Bill 1602 will establish a national medical treatment facility to diagnose, treat, and research conditions of the descendants of individuals exposed to toxic chemicals. Depending on the severity of their illness, 1602 will also make descendants eligible for long-term medical treatment. Lastly, the bill requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Secretary of Defense to jointly conduct a national outreach and education campaign directed at service members, veterans and their families.
While visiting with members of the American GI Forum in Pueblo this past Summer, Representative Navarro found this issue to be very important to veterans across the Southern Colorado District. She hopes this resolution will make an impression on legislators in Washington D.C. in order to give these veterans and their families the benefits they deserve.
Senate Joint Resolution 15-008 passed through the State Senate in February, and is now waiting to be read in front of the House of Representatives. Afterwards, it will only be a step away from being enacted, and then go on to show that not only does Representative Navarro support and care for our veterans and their families, but the entire state legislature does as well.