Edward Markey

From the office of:

Edward Markey

From: The Honorable Dan Benishek
Sent By:
Bill: H.R. 5484
Date: 11/12/2014

Help Descendants of Veterans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

Co-Sponsor the Toxic Exposure Research Act

Dear Colleague:
We respectfully request you join us in supporting our veterans by co-sponsoring H.R. 5484, the Toxic Exposure Research Act.  This legislation would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a national center for research into the health conditions experienced by the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances.

Not all injuries suffered by our returning service members are immediately evident.  Wounds from exposure to toxic chemicals can have lifelong and generational effects, the impacts of which we are still determining today.  Veterans seeking care for symptoms of toxic exposure are frequently misdiagnosed due to a lack of scientific understanding.  In addition, the research the VA has conducted on suspected birth defects related to toxic exposure is severely limited.  We must work to provide more for those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

Our bill will allow the VA to research the effect of toxic exposure on the descendants of our veterans.  As parents and grandparents ourselves, we understand the importance of knowing the potential impact these toxins may have on military families.  It is the responsibility of the VA to thoroughly investigate any effects that toxic exposure may have on descendants to provide the scientific proof that our veterans deserve.

The Toxic Exposure Research Act is the House companion to S.2738, identical legislation introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Jerry Moran.  The legislation is supported by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and AMVETS.  For any questions or to cosponsor, please reach out to Jordan Vivian in Rep. Benishek’s office at  or 5-9846 or to K.J. Bagchi in Rep. Honda’s office at  or 5-2631.
Thank you for your consideration.




Rep. Dan Benishek                                       Rep. Mike Honda