Rep. Elaine Luria’s concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water are reflected in the NDAA’s authorization of $1.4 billion to take steps to protect military communities from those chemicals.
The Norfolk Democrat, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said she’s pleased the bill includes $494 million for the Little Creek-based Maritime Security Program.
She also convinced colleagues to approve changes to TRICARE to make sure that military families with special-needs dependents have access to the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) program.
On Luria’s list of key issues, the NDAA also directs the Secretary of the Navy to review records of participants in the Seaman to Admiral program to make sure participants’ service time is properly recorded. It also includes a study on cancer cases and deaths among military aviators and support personnel to see if they are connected to exposure to cockpit radiation.
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