Rubio, Gillibrand Come Together on Veteran's Bill

Rubio, Gillibrand Come Together on Veteran's Bill

The bipartisan bill offers more protection for veterans.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
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May 18, 2022

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have come together on a bill in bipartisan fashion that will provide possibly life-saving care to veterans who were exposed to burn pits while active in the military.

The two senators stated, “Under this agreement, our nation’s brave men and women in uniform and their families would no longer need to jump through unnecessary hoops to get the health care they’ve earned.”

“This bipartisan agreement represents an enormous victory for service members across the country who have been suffering for years from their exposure to toxic burn pits,” the senators said. “Under this agreement, our nation’s brave men and women in uniform and their families would no longer need to jump through unnecessary hoops to get the health care that they’ve earned.

“We are proud that our bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act formed the centerpiece of the presumptive benefits section in this monumental bill,” the senators continued. “We thank all of our partners in this fight, especially Chairman Tester and Ranking Member Moran, as well as the Veterans Service Organizations, Jon Stewart, and John Feal for their tireless advocacy and support.”

“We look forward to working alongside Senate leadership to get this bill on President Joe Biden’s desk as quickly as possible in order to uphold Congress’ obligation to our veterans, and most importantly, save lives,” the senators concluded.

The statement from the senators includes thanks to people and organizations such as the “Veterans Service Organizations, Jon Stewart, and John Feal for their tireless advocacy and support.”

According to the Marco Rubio press release, in March, the House passed the Honoring Our PACT Act which “included provisions of the Rubio-Gillibrand Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act.”

The press release would also mention that “The bill would create a presumptive service connection for more than 20 service categories of diseases and streamline the process for veterans to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It would remove the ‘burden of proof’ from the veteran to provide enough evidence to establish a direct service connection between their health condition and exposure.”

This bill might be something the entire nation can get behind.

Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a sophomore at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE), and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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