Join 150 Bipartisan Cosponsors – Honor Late-Rep. Mark Takai. Help Radiation-Exposed Veterans.

I invite you to co-sponsor the bipartisan “Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act”.  This legislation was originally introduced by our late friend, Rep. Mark Takai, and reintroduced in his honor after his passing.  The “Mark Takai Atomic Veterans
Healthcare Parity Act” would permit veterans who participated in the nuclear cleanup of Enewetak Atoll, the site of 43 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, to be treated as “radiation-exposed veterans”.  This change in law will allow servicemembers who performed
the largest nuclear cleanup ever undertaken to receive the medical care they now need for service-connected cancers and diseases.  Current law only covers servicemembers who participated in active nuclear tests, not those who participated in the clean-up.

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Join 145 Bi-Partisan Cosponsors. Honor the Late-Rep. Mark Takai. Help Radiation-Exposed Veterans.

I invite you to co-sponsor the bipartisan “Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act”.  This legislation was originally introduced by our late friend, Rep. Mark Takai, and reintroduced in his honor after his passing.  The “Mark Takai Atomic Veterans
Healthcare Parity Act” would permit veterans who participated in the nuclear cleanup of Enewetak Atoll, the site of 43 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, to be treated as “radiation-exposed veterans”.  This change in law will allow servicemembers who performed
the largest nuclear cleanup ever undertaken to receive the medical care they now need for service-connected cancers and diseases.  Current law only covers servicemembers who participated in active nuclear tests, not those who participated in the clean-up.

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Join 136 Bi-Partisan Cosponsors. Honor the Late-Rep. Mark Takai. Help Radiation-Exposed Veterans.

I invite you to co-sponsor the bipartisan “Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act”.  This legislation was originally introduced by our late friend, Rep. Mark Takai, and reintroduced in his honor after his passing.  The
“Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act” would permit veterans who participated in the nuclear cleanup of Enewetak Atoll, the site of 43 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, to be treated as “radiation-exposed veterans”.  This change in law will
allow servicemembers who performed the largest nuclear cleanup ever undertaken to receive the medical care they now need for service-connected cancers and diseases.  Current law only covers servicemembers who participated in active nuclear tests, not those
who participated in the clean-up.

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Prevent Overmedication and Combat Suicide Among Veterans: Cosponsor H.R. 2652, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act

As you know, the statistics related to veteran suicide and the overprescription of drugs to our nation’s veterans are striking. Every day, an average of 20 veterans die from suicide, and in 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide. The
risk of suicide is 21% higher for veterans than for the average U.S. adult. Furthermore, since 2001, we have seen a dramatic increase in narcotics prescriptions, and in the largest veteran populations, veterans die from accidental narcotic overdose at a 33%
higher rate than the rest of the population.

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