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IMMEDIATE RELEASE






June 5, 2014

No. 07-015
 



Contact:
Ken Scudder
(202) 308-4005
Email:  ken.scudder@mail.house.gov

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

PRESS CONFERENCE 6/10 @ 3:45 P.M.
*****LONGWORTH HOB 1416 (4TH FLOOR) *****

CONGRESSMAN HONDA, VETERANS CALL FOR INCREASED SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS, FAMILIES EXPOSED TO TOXINS


Washington, DC – Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) will join representatives of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion, AMVETS, and Vietnam veterans and their family members suffering the effects of exposure to toxins like Agent Orange, to announce the introduction of his bill, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014.

The bill instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund treatment for descendants of veterans who were exposed to toxins while in combat or during their tour of duty. Toxins such as Agent Orange have been shown to cause birth defects in the children of military personnel who came in to contact with them either during the Vietnam War, in the storage and transportation of them, or by riding in aircraft that had been previous used to transport the toxins. The bill would also require the Department of Veterans Affairs to coordinate with the National Birth Defects Registry and create a central research facility dedicated to studying and chronicling the incidence of birth defects caused by toxins like Agent Orange.

“Our veterans deserve our highest level of medical care,” Congressman Honda said. “This includes treating the long-term effects that their service had on them, and their families.”

Many veteran service organizations support this legislation, including the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion, and AMVETS.


WHAT: Press Conference on the Toxic Exposure Research and Family Support Act of 2014

WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3:45 p.m.

WHERE: Longworth HOB, room 1416 (4th floor)

WHO: Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17)
Rick Weidman, Vietnam Veterans of America
Ian C. DePlanque, American Legion
Diane M. Zumatto, AMVETS
Herb Worthington, a Vietnam era veteran exposed to Agent Orange, and his daughter Karen Worthington
Richard Switzer, a Vietnam era veteran exposed to Agent Orange, and his daughter Stephanie Tompkins

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

 

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