After years of consciousness raising in the halls of Congress, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), a physician, succeeded in attaching an amendment to the
Defense Authorization Bill which requires a study of the possible adverse health effects of DU on the troops and their children.
After years of relentless and unwavering efforts, including speeches, interviews, news conferences, working with groups like Physicians for Social
Responsibility, and even appearing on a song in a newly released Punk Rock album, in order to raise public awareness, the House of Representatives
today passed legislation that includes an amendment by Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-D) ordering a comprehensive study on possible health effects from
exposure to depleted uranium on U.S. soldiers and their children.
Watch video of McDermott introducing his DU amendment
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"As long and winding as the road has been to get where we are today, this is only the beginning- but this is a great day because we have taken the
first step to defend the U.S. soldiers who protect and defend us," McDermott said.
Shortly after passage, Rep. McDermott received a letter from James King, the national executive director of AMVETS, the American Veterans
"This is a very important issue for AMVETS and its membership. Our ultimate goal is to provide atomic veterans with the tools necessary to file a
claim and be considered for due compensation. Your amendment will help begin this process.
Again, thank you for your amendment and your support of veterans and their families."
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Much has been written about the health implications of the military's use of DU on the battlefield. Provided this study is conducted by a truly
independent team of qualified medical experts in uranium poisoning, it could lead to an acknowledgement by the US that those gulf region soldiers sick
and dying from cancers and immuno-deficiency related diseases and their families are entitled to compensation.
It may also lead to the eventual withdrawal of DU from US munitions.
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[edit on 12-5-2006 by seattlelaw]