VA Urged to Expand List

September 15, 2019, The Daily Advocate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

A member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has joined his colleagues in urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to take action on behalf of thousands of veterans across the country living with chronic health conditions, by expanding the Department’s list of medical conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Brown detailed the lack of movement from VA on adding health-related outcomes to the presumptive list for herbicide exposure. Brown also pushed the Department to follow through on self-imposed deadlines, as proposed in a letter sent by Secretary Wilkie at the beginning of this year. The letter was led by Sen. Jon Tester, a Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and also signed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

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