New Disability Benefits Plan Unveiled for Veterans with Toxic Exposure

This week, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., released an extensive plan to extend disability benefits to all veterans who are affected by toxic exposure.

According to an article published by Stars and Stripes, “The legislation, titled the Comprehensive and Overdue Support for Troops of War Act of 2021, would create a fast track to Department of Veterans Affairs benefits for veterans who served overseas during the past 31 years and developed a respiratory illness or cancer. It would automatically grant eligibility for VA health care to about 3.5 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In addition, it would reform the VA’s current process of handling claims of toxic exposure.”

Relevant pages: Veterans Disability