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Military toxins are becoming harmful to our veterans

After every major military conflict we’re learning that just because our troops return home safely, they have not necessarily escaped battle unscathed. Over the years we’ve begun to learn more about the unseen scars of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). And now the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East are teaching us about unseen internal medical issues many are inflicted with, issues that may not even become evident until years later.

Recently, the House and the Senate agreed to a new National Defense authorization Act. The act has two new provisions that should help assist veterans stricken with medical issues from exposure to toxins. Unfortunately, it seems as though the provisions won’t do enough to provide our veterans with the type of medical care and protection they need and deserve.

Fortunately, military veteran organizations and charities are doing their part to ensure our veterans are taken care of. TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) received a grant from the WWP (Wounded Warrior Project) “aimed at increasing the understanding of the impact of toxic exposures in the military, and to assist surviving family members whose loved ones died after experiencing symptoms of that exposure.”

It’s always nice to see private charities and veteran organizations make moves to take care of the men and women that put their lives on the line for this great country. Let’s hope our government makes the necessary moves to do the same.

To read more about what harmful toxins are doing to our brave men and women returning home, click here: