News Roundup: C-123 Veterans Finally Eligible for Agent Orange Benefits, Donald Trump Criticizes John McCain’s War Record, Republicans Attack Planned Parenthood in Veteran Health Bill

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We scour the web for the latest news on veterans and compile it here every other week. Here are the top headlines for July 10–23.

Veterans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals Accuse VA of Foot Dragging

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange outside of Vietnam are finally getting the benefits they deserve. The VA recently changed its policy regarding Agent Orange exposure, expanding benefit eligibility to veterans who came in contact with contaminated C-123 airplanes. Veterans and experts are angry that the VA took years to expand benefit eligibility given the glaring scientific evidence that C-123 veterans outside of Vietname were exposed to the toxic herbicide long after the war was over. Read More

Donald Trump on John McCain’s War Record: “I Like People Who Weren’t Captured”

Veterans and politicians alike are furious over 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments about John McCain. During an appearance at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, Trump criticized McCain’s military record, saying, “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” McCain spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam where he was tortured after his Skyhawk dive bomber was shot down in 1967. Read More

Republicans Use Veterans Bill to Attack Planned Parenthood

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) recently pulled her bill to end a ban on fertility treatments for female veterans at VA hospitals after Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) attached amendments attacking Planned Parenthood. One of the amendments would bar the VA from working with organizations that “take aborted babies’ organs and sell them.” Tillis says he introduced the amendments because he believes the VA should focus on fixing its current problems instead of introducing new programs. Murray slammed Tillis for turning veterans’ health into a “political football field.” Read More