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After World War II, many service members experienced radiation exposure from the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Because levels of radiation exposure were not closely monitored and records were not kept, these veterans were not able to receive their VA benefits.
We must stop this same situation from repeating itself in light of the radiation emissions that are occurring in Japan as a result of the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Many current service members are presently stationed in Japan, assisting with rescue, reconstruction, and other efforts.
Our troops are risking their lives to serve the people of Japan, and we need to honor their selfless commitment by caring for them when they return home. Support Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Patty Murray's fight to maintain records of radiation exposure so the VA can effectively provide our veterans with the benefits and care they deserve.
Dear Chairman Murray,
I am writing to express my support of your suggestion to maintain a database detailing radiation exposure occurrences that affect our service members.
We need to learn from our past mistakes. During World War II, deadly amounts of radiation were released directly following the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many former soldiers were on the ground in Japan and serving their duties at this time. Because the Department of Defense failed to monitor and keep record of the radiation exposure, many veterans were unable to receive their benefits from the VA.
We cannot let this kind of atrocity happen again. All of our veterans — ESPECIALLY those who have been exposed to sub-par situations and circumstances while serving — are entitled to their benefits.
Please continue the fight to retain radiation records so all of our veterans can live the lives they deserve after sacrificing everything for our country.