Moran talks about health research for veterans' descendants
Kansas senator Jerry Moran is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow for research into the health problems being experienced by the children and grandchildren of veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals during their military service.
Moran was in Wichita Thursday to speak to a national conference of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and his comments were made during a town hall meeting that featured comments from veterans on the health problems they have had from Agent Orange. The chemical was used to clear vegetation during the Vietnam War.
Moran is co-sponsoring a bill with Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal, and he says the bill would create a national research center. He says the center would be established at one of the VA centers in the U.S. It would also create an outreach program to educate veterans and the public on the long-term effects of exposure to toxic chemicals.
Moran says the bill is a step to ensure that veterans and their descendants will be properly cared for in the future.