Biden signs 9 bipartisan bills to improve veterans’ health care

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a bill to provide better access to mammograms for veterans exposed to burn sites as part of nine bills signed into law to improve veterans’ health care.

He also signed eight other pieces of legislation Tuesday focused on veterans’ health care, including a bill to improve breast imaging services for veterans, whether or not they’re at risk of burn outbreaks and to compensate veterans who have developed cancer and world medical conditions. World War II nuclear programs, reported The Hill.

“Less than one percent of the population is risking everything to defend our nation and our values ​​and everything we hold dear. And you know, the 99 percent of us who don’t, we owe them, we owe them big,” Biden said while signing the bill. “And that’s what it’s about today, it’s paying a debt in my opinion,” he added.

Biden has focused on expanding benefits for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and were exposed to toxic chemicals from burning stoves and always called it a “sacred obligation” to prepare those who serve in the armed forces and to care for them and their families. when they return home.

The issue of combustion pits strikes a personal note for the president who believes related chemicals may have contributed to the brain cancer that ultimately killed his son, Beau Biden, The Hill reported.

The legislation aims to ensure that veterans who serve near burning fireplaces receive preventive care and mandates the Department of Veterans Affairs to perform breast cancer screenings for women who experience toxic exposures.

The Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas SERVICE Act was named after Marine Corps officer Kate Thomas, who served near a burn pit in Iraq and died in April of breast cancer.

According to The Hill, Biden honored her during a White House address and recognized her husband and son, who were at the bill signing.

Lawmakers who attended the signing of the bill included Republican Senators John Boozman (Ark.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), and Democratic Senators John Hickenlooper (Colo.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii ), Ben Ray Lujan (NM), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Jon Tester (Mont.), adds the report.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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