Commissioners learn about veterans program


October 12, 2022

Veterans Services Officer Dee Baley-Hyder told Linn County commissioners Tuesday, Oct. 4, that Linn County Veterans Services will soon be able to assist veterans negatively affected by Agent Orange and chemicals released from large fire pits during the Gulf War.

In August, Congress passed the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, what Baley-Hyder called the “largest health care and benefit expansion in Veteran Administration history.”

The program, she added, will aid veterans exposed to toxic chemicals as far back as the Vietnam war era on a budget of $300 billion over 10 years....

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