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Pasco WWII vet mustard gassed by U.S. experiments still waiting on VA benefits listen

06/26/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: military, Bill Nelson, Navy, mustard gas, veteran, VA, Florida, npr, World War, benefits


American service members who were exposed to toxic mustard gas during secret testing by the U.S. military during World War II have developed severe physiological ailments. An NPR investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has not lived up to a promise to compensate the 4,000 men subjected to the most extreme tests. Here is the story of a Pasco County man who says he was exposed and is not getting medical treatment from the government.

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VA head Shinseki resigns while veterans' health care issues simmer listen

05/30/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: VA, Veterans Administration, veterans, health care, Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, Eric Shinseki


Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation during a meeting Friday morning in the Oval Office.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both major parties. In this audio provided by his office, Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson applauds Shinseki for resigning.

“He did the right thing, and he’s putting his country first. This is a stro...

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Tampa demonstrators support Obama's jobs bill for veterans benefits listen

10/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Advocates for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill told veterans to tell their representatives to pass provisions that would benefit America’s military at a Rally in front of the VA hospital in Tampa Wednesday. The group handed out literature outlining parts of the bill that would give tax credits and job preference to some military people.

President Obama’s Jobs bill contains $447 million worth of incentives to get people back to work and repair t...

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