From: The Honorable Mark Takai
Sent By: Alex.Hetherington@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3870
Date: 5/24/2016

Support Bipartisan Parity Act for Veterans

Cosponsor the Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act

Current Cosponsors (85): Adams, Aguilar, Ashford, Bass, Beatty, Bordallo, Brady (PA-01), Brownley, Byrne, Cardenas, Carney, Cartwright, Castro, Chu, Coffman, Conyers, Crowley, Cummings, DeFazio, DeLauro, Dingell, Duckworth, Ellison, Emmer, Eshoo, Gabbard, Gallego, Garamendi, Graham, Grayson, Grijalva, Green, Gutierrez, Hahn, Hastings,Heck (NV-03), Honda, Israel, Johnson (TX-30), Jolly, Jones, Kilmer, Kirkpatrick, Knight, Langevin, Larsen, Lee, Lieu, Loebsack, Lowenthal, Lujan Grisham,
Massie, Marchant, McCollum, McGovern, Meeks, Moore, Moulton, Napolitano,
Newhouse, Nolan, Norcross, O’Rourke, Perlmutter, Peters, Peterson, Pingree, Pocan, Rangel, Sablan, Sanchez (CA-46), Sires, Smith, Speier, Stefanik, Stivers, Swalwell, Takano, Thompson, Titus, Torres, Velazquez, Welch, Wilson, and Young

Endorsed by the National Association of Atomic Veterans, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Dear Colleague:

Recently, many media outlets have covered the story of the Atomic Cleanup Veterans. In fact, the cover story of March’s issue of The American Legion Magazine highlighted the hardships and suffering that many veterans of the Enewetak Atoll Cleanup still face
today.

Link to American Legion Magazine:
http://www.legion.org/magazine/231288/toxic-paradise

Link to Fox News article:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/05/stricken-vets-who-cleaned-up-after-1950s-nuke-tests-seek-help-from-lawmakers.html

Link to Military.com article:
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/04/03/maine-veterans-facing-cancer-hope-that-atomic-veteran-bill-law.html

From 1977 to 1980, thousands of members of the United States Armed Forces participated in a radiation cleanup of United States nuclear test sites in the Marshall Islands.

While medical funds are made available to those who participated in nuclear testing activities during active service, service members that were involved in the cleanup of the Enewetak Atoll are not currently eligible for benefits under the Radiation Compensation
Exposure Act.

The U.S government has recognized the negative impacts their nuclear testing has had on the Marshallese people and established a trust fund in 1986 to compensate people exposed to nuclear fallout. It is time for our American veterans to be afforded the same
recognition and support.

Please join us in standing up for our veterans and cosponsor H.R. 3870, the Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act.

If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Alex Hetherington at 5-2726 or
Alex.Hetherington@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

MARK TAKAI

Member of Congress