WASHINGTON, DC — US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined the Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) for a virtual roundtable yesterday last pass of Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson honors our promise to address the Comprehensive Toxicity Act (PACT). 2022legislation that will bring sweeping benefits to all generations of veterans who have suffered from toxic exposure for the first time in our nation’s history.
“Without the commitment and advocacy of Veterans Service Organizations in Ohio and across the country, the PACT Act would not be on the President’s desk now.” said Brown. “Because of the VSOs’ many years of work, more Ohio veterans and their families will now receive the health care and benefits they deserved while they served all of us.”
The PACT Act is named in honoring Heath Robinson, a central Ohio veteran who was deployed to Kosovo and Iraq with the Ohio National Guard and died of cancer in 2020 as a result of poisoning while serving in the military. Brown recently joined SFC Robinson’s family to urge his Senate colleagues to keep their promise to our veterans and pass it on PACT Act. In March Brown welcomed Heath’s widow Danielle Robinson to Washington DC for President Biden’s first State of the Union address. Robinson was invited to be a guest of First Lady Dr. to be Jill Biden. Now, Heath’s bill goes to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
Brown has long been an outspoken advocate for mental health care for veterans, especially those returning to civilian life. April 2021 Brown introduced the Daniel J. Harvey Jr. and Adam Lambert are improving service member transitions to reduce veterans’ suicide law – Bipartisan legislation named to honor the memory of two Marines who died by suicide, Iowan Cpl. Adam Lambert and Rhode Islander Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Harvey Jr. – Brown’s legislation would expand a VA program where service members sit with a VA social worker during the transition process to connect them to VA resources and connect veterans to their local VA.
During a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing last year, Brown said pressed a DoD official for updates on issues facing veterans returning to civilian life. in the hearing, Brown focused to facilitate a smooth and healthy transition to civilian life in terms of mental health and exposure to environmental toxins. While his survey by Under Secretary Cisneros, Brown highlighted stories of Ohio veterans struggling with the transition from duty to civilian life and urged a plan to help service members transition from DoD to VA nursing.