The head of the White House announced new efforts in the field of healthcare, designed to improve the situation of former servicemen.
U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and delivers a speech on the occasion of Veterans Day, which is celebrated on November 11.
Speaking at the ceremony, the President addressed directly to the veterans who participated in a number of wars present at it, recalling the path they have traveled and expressing gratitude to them for their service to the country.
“Being a veteran means going through difficulties that most Americans have no idea about,” the president said.
Mentioning his Plan to Save America, he stressed that the implementation of this plan will contribute to improving the economic and social situation of veterans.
Recall that Biden also announces efforts directly related to improving medical care for veterans, in particular, aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of diseases developing in military personnel after serving in harmful conditions.
According to senior White House officials, the focus will be on lung diseases faced by military personnel exposed to toxic substances, as well as the potential link between rare forms of cancer and service in countries with poor air quality.
Biden himself has speculated about a potential link between the death of his son Beau from aggressive brain cancer after returning from Iraq and exposure to toxins in the air, especially around massive waste incinerators.
The new rules are designed to simplify access to medical care for veterans facing illnesses that could be caused by poor conditions during service. Now veterans will be able to declare the appearance of symptoms within 10 years after the end of service. The criteria for which diseases are considered service-related and why will also be changed.
In a proclamation on the occasion of Veterans Day, Biden stressed: “We honor the veterans of our country who have done so much to protect our freedoms and the freedoms of others around the world. They represent the highest ideals of our country. Although we will never be able to fully repay the debt to these heroes, we will honor their service and provide them with well-deserved care and support.”