PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Senate has handed a proposal backed by Maine’s senators to offer extra look after army veterans who have been uncovered to poisonous substances.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and impartial Sen. Angus King have been among the many supporters of the proposal, which is usually known as the “PACT Act.” The proposal simply handed the Senate in mid-June.
The proposal is designed to broaden U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs well being care eligibility to post-Sept. 11, 2001, fight veterans. That features greater than 3.5 million veterans who’ve been uncovered to poisonous substances, Collins mentioned.
The proposal would additionally create a framework for cope with future circumstances of service-connected poisonous publicity. It will additionally broaden presumptions associated to publicity to Agent Orange, amongst different modifications.
Collins mentioned the proposal “places us on the trail to fulfilling the large debt we owe these veterans by increasing important analysis on poisonous publicity and offering aid to toxic-exposed veterans who could also be experiencing severe sicknesses and debilitating signs.”
Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana negotiated the laws within the Senate.