Gillibrand Expands Coverage for Vet Illnesses

22 Oct


If a Vietnam Vet was exposed to Agent Orange while on the ground, the government will cover him for any health expenditures for related maladies. But if the Vet was serving, e.g., in the air or on a ship, that coverage is not available.

Veterans have turned to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has vowed to pass legislation to change the loophole that denies the coverage. She said she hopes to get it through committee and onto the Senate floor soon.

Condon recently visited the place as he put it, that “made him a man.”

“When you’re seventeen you see things differently,” he said as he stood along the West Side Highway, near the Intrepid. “Yeah, you don’t think you can die, but I’m from Brooklyn, thought you could live forever.”

Condon said his NYPD retirement coverage will save him. Sen. Gillibrand has said some 13,000 people are affected in New York alone, and some 800,000 nationwide.

When people think about the ideal of public service, it would be to make a direct, palpable, positive difference in people’s lives. This action by Senator Gillibrand on behalf of America’s veterans is to be applauded.

2 Responses to “Gillibrand Expands Coverage for Vet Illnesses”

  1. Hank October 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Both Parties in the Congress have been shitting on veterans since 1865. Vets have been made lots of promises by the government, few kept. Gillibrand will get commended when the bill is passed, not before. Perhaps a few hundred Nam Vets in the Gallery, scratching themselves constantly (the most outward sign of an Agent Orange Vet) could help, but Veterans have learned not to trust the government when they say something.

  2. Ward October 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Pundit’s header resembles “Tim Howard captures bike-path rapist”. Gillibrand is one of ninety-nine Senators. This “I passed a law …” puffery is typical campaign language, and it would seem that the writer is campaigning for Gillibrand.

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