Support asbestos legislation
As a veteran, it is my duty to past, current and future veterans to fight for our right to just compensation. Our venues for compensation for asbestos-related injuries are limited because we were "employees" of the federal government, and our ability to recover from the government is restricted by the law.
Why should we have to suffer even more than we already do?
The Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act, or FAIR Act, introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, this month, will try to solve the asbestos litigation crisis. Specter's plan would create a no-fault asbestos-victims' compensation fund of $140 billion to make sure that victims, including veterans, get compensated quickly and fairly.
The national trust fund like that in the FAIR Act will provide veterans who are sick with asbestos-related illnesses with the opportunity to secure timely and fair compensation for exposure suffered in the course of serving their country.
In addition, the new system would leave veterans current benefits untouched. The fund would be paid for by the businesses and insurance companies that are facing those hundreds of thousands of lawsuits.
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback is a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will soon consider the FAIR Act. I urge the senator to do what is necessary to get this bill approved in the full committee. Veterans with mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancers simply can't afford to wait another year.
Past State Commander
Kansas Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars