Boyle Leads Bipartisan Letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Demanding Expanded Coverage for Agent Orange-Related Ailments
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.
“This long-awaited administrative step would help tens of thousands of veterans get access to the care they need and deserve,” said Congressman Boyle. “We made a promise to our veterans: they served this country, and in return, we’d always have their backs. The Trump administration should make good on that promise by ensuring all service members exposed to these herbicides and chemicals as a part of their military service get the health care they need. Not one more service member should be forced to suffer in this way without the best care our federal government has to offer.”
The bipartisan letter to the Department of Veteran Affairs co-led by Reps. Costello and Boyle was signed by a total of 27 House Members representing 13 states (PA, FL, OR, MI, HI, NY, OH, MA, ME, IL, TX, VT, AR), along with the District of Columbia and Guam.
A copy of the letter sent to the VA Secretary can be found here.