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Gillibrand pushes, White House announces plans to extend veterans’ health benefits to cover exposure to burn outbreaks


WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – The White House celebrated Veterans Day on Thursday by announcing plans to expand health care benefits to veterans exposed to burns and other environmental hazards during their service.

The White House has outlined measures to help those who have been exposed to outbreaks of burns, hoping to help veterans with their claims and get them treated for certain health issues, such as cancer, resulting from the exposure to environmental risks.

It comes after New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged Congress to make it easier for veterans exposed to burn outbreaks to get help.

“We must act now to help those who are already sick and put in place a program that will ensure that those who fall ill in the future do not have to keep fighting when they return home with their own VA,” Gillibrand said, “The way we do it is to provide presumptive cover. It means you are creating a system that says if you were there and you got sick you got covered. That is what our bill says. This is what we are here for. This is the price of war.

Gillibrand was joined by comedian Jon Stewart, a veterans advocate who fought to get the medical benefits from vets they deserve.

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