Jacksonville, FL — The Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project is calling on Congress to pass a bill that would give them access to health care.
And it’s getting support from a well-known celebrity.
Jon Stewart, the former host of “The Daily Show”, has partnered with WWP to urge Congress to pass the Honoring Our PACT Act, or the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act.
The PACT Act would give veterans who were exposed to toxic materials while serving, access to health and mental care.
Stewart’s father is a Vietnam veteran.
He said, “If we don’t take care of the people who took care of us, then what are we? We’re losing them, day by day, to illness, to disease, to the pressure of having to fight that.”
“We have to pass this bill to keep the promise to veterans who are suffering from toxic wounds,” said retired Lt. General and WWP CEO, Mike Linnington.
“It’s as simple as contacting your state senator,” said Andrew Myatt who served in the Armed Forces.
Myatt was diagnosed with cancer after serving.
“I’m one voice in the field of millions. There’s 3.5 million veterans this will benefit,” he said.
The bill was introduced to Congress last summer. It passed on the House floor last month. Its next stop is the Senate.
“Vote yes on this bill when it comes to the Senate floor,” said Lt. General Linnington.
Hopefully, it will then land on President Joe Biden’s desk.
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