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Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

HR 4869 continues to sit in committee on Capitol Hill. This bill mandates government research in order to learn more about the prevalence of breast cancer in the military. It represents the vital first step in aiding our veterans, providing the evidence necessary to classify breast cancer as a service-related disability. Otherwise, veterans do not qualify for their VA health benefits.

Contributing factors may include military work conditions and exposure to hazardous chemicals. In the wake of revelations ranging from Agent Orange to Camp Lejeune, such possibilities cannot be ruled out, and a thorough investigation must be conducted to determine the extent and the source of this discrepancy.

One way to kill a bill is to let it languish in committee where it never sees the yea-or-nay vote that can tarnish a politician's reputation. It's happened before to similar proposals. Don't let it happen again: Urge Congress to pass this legislation.

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Dear Hon. John Boehner,

More than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year, and recent research suggests that military service members are disproportionately affected. In fact, more women have been evacuated from the theaters in Iraq and Afghanistan for breast cancer-related causes than any other reason. While some of this startling increase may be attributed to more sophisticated methods of detection as well as more frequent examinations, this does not account for the staggering difference in our veterans.

Unfortunately, since the Department of Veterans Affairs currently fails to recognize breast cancer as a service-related disability, veterans remain ineligible for the health coverage they earned through their service. When Rep. Boswell introduced the Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act (H.R. 4869) to the House of Representatives in May, he took an important and necessary step towards correcting this disparity. The time has come for you and your congressional colleagues to continue the work of Boswell and make this bill into law.

The widely cited 2009 research from Walter Reed Medical Center suggests soldiers—men and women alike—suffer from "significantly higher" rates (as high as 40%) of breast cancer compared to their civilian counterparts. This revelation raised more questions than it answered, and over three years later, proper resources have not yet been dedicated to resolving some of those questions. This legislation proposes a promising step in that direction.

Our veterans deserve no less.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Feb 13, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 9, 2018 OSVALDO TOMAS
Feb 8, 2018 Betty Kowall
Feb 7, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 1, 2018 Russell Jackson
Jan 29, 2018 Robert Furem
Jan 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2018 Synthia Coplin
Jan 16, 2018 Heather Pelletier I AM A BC Survivor and a proud Navy veteran. Though my cancer appeared well after I served and I have an awesome job with great insurance...many women don't. This is reprehensible for the military to overlook.
Jan 14, 2018 Wanda Tappe
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2018 Beah Robinson
Jan 6, 2018 Kathy Smith
Jan 2, 2018 Jodi Ford
Dec 29, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Dec 18, 2017 Lyn Huston
Dec 7, 2017 Kendall Rietfors
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
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Nov 30, 2017 Lori Nightingale
Nov 13, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 12, 2017 Susan Fisher
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 10, 2017 Vianney Ventura
Oct 30, 2017 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Oct 30, 2017 Barbara gale
Oct 30, 2017 Sara Garcia
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Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 15, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
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Oct 11, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Oct 2, 2017 Anna Krohn
Aug 19, 2017 Raleigh koritz this ridiculous that we even need to ask - there is no question that breat cancer is a disabilty. PASS HR4869
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Gladys Carp
Aug 7, 2017 Dawn Shock
Aug 7, 2017 danielle jacques
Aug 6, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Aug 6, 2017 Karen Kersten-Chestney
Aug 6, 2017 Michael Schimmel
Aug 6, 2017 Melissa Lickteig
Aug 6, 2017 Leslie Wingerath
Aug 6, 2017 Melissa Aguirre
Jul 31, 2017 Susan Lindsey
Jul 31, 2017 Bob Brucker
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
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Jul 18, 2017 Arlene Snider

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