WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland is calling on the Trump administration to treat every veteran exposed to Agent Orange.
Ryan is demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledge the scientific findings of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine linking bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s-like tremors and hypertension development in Vietnam veterans to Agent Orange exposure.
“We have the science. We have the numbers. Let’s have the heart” Ryan said in a news release. “These veterans answered our nation’s call to action and put their lives on the line for the United States of America. They had our backs; it is time for us to have theirs.”
The Office of Management and Budget cited fiscal concerns in October 2019 about the cost of adding new diseases to the Agent Orange exposure list and claimed they wanted more evidence before making a potentially $11.2 billion to $15.2 billion decision.