Lake County, IL
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File #: 21-0689    Version: 1 Name: Resolution supporting S.4572 or other similar legislation that ensures veterans who served near burn pits receive VA health coverage and disability benefits.
Type: resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/19/2021 In control: Legislative Committee
On agenda: Final action: 5/11/2021
Title: Resolution supporting the "Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021" or other similar legislation that ensures veterans who served near burn pits receive VA health coverage and disability benefits.
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Resolution supporting the "Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021" or other similar legislation that ensures veterans who served near burn pits receive VA health coverage and disability benefits.

Staff Summary
* Approximately 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air.
* Veterans subject to exposure are struggling to prove direct service connection necessary to be eligible for Veteran Affairs benefits to cover associated diseases.
* The delay in benefit coverage results in a delay in much needed critical medical care and other support for former servicemembers, an increase in workload for County Veteran Service Officers tasked with connecting veterans to federal benefits, and the potential to shift the responsibility of providing healthcare and other services to county systems.
* The "Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021" was introduced in April 2021, and provides for a presumption of service connection for certain diseases associated with exposure to toxins commonly associated with burn pits.

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RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, approximately 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air; and

WHEREAS, veterans subject to exposure are struggling to prove direct service connection necessary to be eligible for Veteran Affairs benefits to cover associated diseases; and

WHEREAS, the delay in benefit coverage results in a delay in much needed critical medical care and other support for former servicemembers, an increase in workload for County Veteran Service Officers tasked with connecting veterans to federal benefits, and the potential to shift the responsibility of providing healthcare and other services to county systems; and

WHEREAS, the "Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021" was introduced in ...

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