Sunday, July 11, 2010

President Announces Change for VA Benefits

On Saturday President Obama announced that there will a dramatic change if the VA benefits program for post traumatic stress (PTSD) disorders. The program is to be announce by the VA Administration on Monday. It is uncertain how this change will impact those who suffered burn pit exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"For their service and sacrifice, warm words of thanks from a grateful nation are more than warranted, but they aren't nearly enough. We also owe our veterans the care they were promised and the benefits that they have earned. We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. It's a commitment that begins at enlistment, and it must never end. But we know that for too long, we've fallen short of meeting that commitment. Too many wounded warriors go without the care that they need. Too many veterans don't receive the support that they've earned. Too many who once wore our nation's uniform now sleep in our nation's streets."
President Obama, March 19, 2009

As a supporter for the improved health and welfare of individuals against hazardous occupational and environmental exposures, Jon L. Gelman advocates for changes in safety standards and safer use of chemicals.