Chris Pappas helps introduce VET PFAS Act

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas helped to introduce the VET PFAS Act last Thursday in Washington, D.C., as seen in this image pulled from a video.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Pappas, D-NH, joined lawmakers last Thursday to introduce the Veterans Exposed to Toxic (VET) PFAS Act, a bill that seeks to guarantee health and disability benefits to veterans and their families exposed to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) while at military bases.

The bill would cover the following health conditions: high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular and kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

It will also cover health conditions that will be determined by an ongoing study — conducted by the Centers for Disease Control — that addresses exposure to PFAS at military bases across the country.

Pappas, representing New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, is a member of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, created earlier this year to address the growing issue of PFAS contamination that is affecting some New Hampshire communities.