Call to OMB to Add ‘Presumptive Conditions’

WALLKILL – US Senator Charles Schumer joined dozens of veterans to call on the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Veterans Affairs to “stop playing games” and approve additional “presumptive conditions” to the list of health conditions caused by Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

The senator came to the Town of Wallkill Veterans Memorial Park on Friday to say approval of the additional health conditions – bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson’s – are long overdue.

Orange County Veterans Affairs Director Christian Farrell, an Army combat veteran, praised Schumer for championing the cause of the Vietnam vets.

“This legislation to add more presumptive illnesses to those who served is doing the right thing,” he said. “It’s not about cost or money or how more it will cost to add these illnesses and take care of our veterans. It’s about doing the right thing.”

Schumer said the administration has been misleading the public about delays in adding the health conditions.

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