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Senators Screw Veterans While Supporting War

Aug 1, 2022

At the end of July, 25 senators who had voted on a bill to expand veterans’ coverage for cancer decided to renege, voting to oppose the bill at the last minute.

Veterans’ advocates, including a sergeant who just died of cancer, had for years tried to get the Congress—you know, those “patriots” who constantly ask us to “thank” our vets—to pass a bill. The bill would have made it easier for vets from all U.S. wars to claim cancer benefits. These vets served in Viet Nam where so many were exposed to Agent Orange, and others served in Iraq and Afghanistan, vets exposed to toxins when they burned substances in “burn pits” that the military knew were cancer-causing.

Jon Stewart, the former talk show host, put it best, in angrily addressing the 25 senators who just turned their backs on the vets: “You don’t support the troops. You support the war machine.”