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IAVA Celebrates Committee Passage of Landmark Military Toxic Exposures Bill

Calls for Passage by the Full Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 24, 2020
CONTACT: press@iava.org

Washington D.C. – Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) celebrated the unanimous passage of the Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) Act (S. 4393) by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

This landmark piece of legislation takes the enormous step of allowing veterans who have suffered toxic exposures to have quality health care benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs, allow veterans access to government information about what they were likely exposed to and where, and it would increase research to continue to study the link between toxic exposures and certain illnesses. 

“We are incredibly grateful for the leadership of Sen. Thom Tillis in working with the Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) Coalition of more than 30 veteran service organizations to develop this ambitious new legislation and to get it passed from Committee yesterday,” said IAVA Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Tom Porter. “This has been a priority for IAVA on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of servicemembers and veterans who have been exposed and we have been proud to have worked with the TEAM Coalition over the last two years to shine a light on the need to finally get this done.”

Porter made his remarks alongside Sen. Tillis and other leading VSOs at a press conference to celebrate the Committee victory and to call on the full Senate to swiftly approve the bill. 

IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 400,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at quickreactionforce.org or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at iava.org/membership.

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