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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA-13) and Ryan Costello (R-PA-6) urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to add bladder cancer, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, and Parkinson-like conditions to its list of compensable conditions without further delay, enabling veterans battling these ailments because of their exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War to receive the VA care they deserve and need. Former VA Secretary David Shulkin recommended this course of action to White House budget officials last year.
WASHINGTON—Congressmen Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Brendan Boyle (PA-13), along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), today introduced two bills to ensure that veterans and their families exposed to toxic chemicals at military installations get the health care services and benefits they need through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).
A post office in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia was renamed on Monday for a U.S. airman who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2015.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Peter Taub, who grew up near the post office in Wyncote, Pa., was killed in a suicide attack while on patrol near Bagram Air Field.
WASHINGTON D.C. — Legislation that would rename two U.S. Post Office facilities in the Commonwealth after Pennsylvanians who were killed in action while serving their country is one signature away from becoming law.
Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey announced Thursday that the legislation has passed the U.S. Senate and is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) recently introduced the Veterans Homelessness Contract Oversight Act, H.R. 1998, to bring Congressional oversight to federal grants that provide essential assistance to homeless veterans. The legislation requires that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notify Members of Congress and relevant committees of the expiration or termination of these grants, and submit a plan on how it will continue to provide the services provided to veterans under the grant, in order to prevent a drop-off in care upon the contract’s conclusion.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA.) and Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) met today with the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) point-person for PFC water contamination, Maureen Sullivan, Director of Environmental Management for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Installations and Environment. Sullivan is overseeing the DOD’s response to PFC contamination from firefighting foams nationwide.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA.), Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) recently sent a letter to the director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry (ATSDR) seeking the health agency’s position on the Navy’s refusal to authorize blood testing for the communities surrounding the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, and Horsham Air Guard Station in Pennsylvania.
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Brendan Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement on the death of an American soldier and Montgomery County native in Afghanistan:
By William Kenny
The Arbours at Eagle Pointe was envisioned as an “older adults” community from the first day its developers pitched their plans to the Somerton Civic Association about a decade ago. But 55 and older folks aren’t the only dominant demographic among the hundreds of inhabitants.
The development has a large percentage of military veterans, too.
Philadelphia, PA - Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Rep. Ralph A. Abraham (LA-5), M.D., Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Subcommittee organized meetings with both administrators and employees at the offices of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) this morning.