|UNLESS YOU WERE EXPOSED AT FORT McCLELLAN !|
Here's the update on HR 2052 (Actually now HR 411 for the year 2013--just to avoid confusion for any reading back) the Fort McClellan Health Registry Act, which would require the VA to inform and track the medical condition of veterans who have been exposed to various sundry and assorted toxins, including Agent Orange, PCB, Nerve Gas, mercury, lead and other heavy metal contaminants and chemical warfare agents during their time of military service at Fort McClellan, Alabama. This is the all-important first step in recognizing, officially, that we EXIST, in thousands upon thousands, and that our health has indeed been compromised by our "good friends" at Monsanto, who brought us Agent Orange, and other corporations too....there's plenty of "thanks" to go around. Of course we must also "thank" the Army, which was so incredibly negligent in handling these toxins and OUR LIVES!
This piece of legislature may be the ONLY HOPE any of us has, because most of us are dying prematurely of gruesome and painful cancers and other auto-immune disorders. The fact that we are female and were never even INFORMED so that we could obtain proper care at our own expense, while those who receive treatment from the VA are almost exclusively male is not lost on us. As in the case of rampant sexual predation, female victims are of no consequence to the military. To be blunt, they just don't give a rat's ass and that lack of care, literally and figuratively, is carried forward in the practices of the VA.
It is heartening to see that since the beginning of this blog the number of co-sponsors has SKY-ROCKETED from 3 to 11. Yes, that is sardonic humor, which is my coping mechanism of choice, but it does not in any way reduce the sincere gratitude I feel toward those who have stepped forward to co-sponsor this important legislation. Now if we could just get some media attention during this election season, we'd be all set...
If I were just a bit sicker I could light myself on fire and leave a nice manifesto, but I'm not quite that desperate...yet.
H.R.2052 : Fort McClellan Health Registry Act
Sponsor: Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-21] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Here's the Library of Congress link: