Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 26, 2015
Sen. Frank Simpson
Oklahoma Legislature urges Congress to approve
Toxic Exposure Act of 2015
Millions of Americans have served in the U.S. Armed
Forces over the years and many have unknowingly been exposed to
toxins that have caused harmful side effects. Many children of veterans
have been born with birth defects stemming from such exposure. Both
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department
of Defense track toxic exposures and possible exposures but do not
conduct follow-up research on the veterans and their offspring.
Senate Bill No. S.901 is currently before Congress to create a national
center within the VA for the research, diagnosis and treatment of
health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic
substances during service in the Armed Forces.
Last week, the Oklahoma Legislature approved Senate Concurrent Resolution
29 (by Sen. Frank
Simpson, R-Springer, and Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant) urging
Congress to approve S. 901, also known as the Toxic Exposure Act
“While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department
of Defense track toxic exposures, they don’t have a central
database that can be used to help those suffering from toxic exposure.
Congress can change that by approving Senate Bill S.901,”
said Simpson, R-Springer. “I have a personal interest in this
Senate bill’s passage because I have two family members who
are suffering from neurological and physical problems because of
chemicals they were exposed to in Desert Storm. Thousands more are
suffering and while our federal government may not be able to heal
them, they owe these men and women to at least research and keep
track of these issues in order to prevent further harm to other
soldiers or to the offspring of those already affected.”
SCR 29 respectfully encourages members of Oklahoma Congressional
Delegation to join as cosponsors of S.901 and also urges the U.S.
Congress to pass the measure and the President to sign it.
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