30 Sep '15, 2pm

VA urged to favor veterans on toxic exposure claims

VA urged to favor veterans on toxic exposure claims

Retired Marine Master Sgt.Jerry Ensminger, with some of his documentation related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, is seen at his home in Elizabethtown, N.C., in this file photo. His 9-year-old daughter Janey, seen in photo at left, died of leukemia. (Photo: Logan Wallace/AP) 76 CONNECT TWEET 2 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The Veterans Affairs Department must learn to favor veterans when deciding whether to approve claims for illnesses related to environmental exposures and contaminants, senators said during a Tuesday hearing on Capitol Hill. From the South China Sea to the Arabian Desert, from Iraq to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and elsewhere, service members have been exposed to pollutants that have harmed their health, yet the VA continues to engage in “passive-aggressive rebuttal of scientific findings” to deny them health care and compensation, charged Sen. Ric...

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