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October 9, 2009

VA Secretary Promises Action on Behalf of West Viriginia National Guard Unit

VA Secretary “Shineski promised Thursday to take more strides in treating members of a West Virginia National Guard unit exposed to a toxic chemical six years ago in Iraq”.

This is Good!

My only concern is why does it take Senator involvement and lawsuits to get action out of the VA.

Full Article at: Rockefeller pleased by VA’s promise in Guard treatment
By Mannix Porterfield
Register-Herald Reporter

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shineski promised Thursday to take more strides in treating members of a West Virginia National Guard unit exposed to a toxic chemical six years ago in Iraq, already the basis of a lawsuit filed by a state legislative leader.

Soldiers serving with the 1092nd Battalion, based in the Northern Panhandle, complained of various physical side effects after they were exposed to sodium dichromate at a water treatment plant at Basra.

“This update from Secretary Shineski is promising, and I will follow the VA’s steps closely to help ensure our service members get the support and care they have more than earned,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said at a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing.

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