2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 28 Jun 2005 05:32:32 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Louisiana depleted uranium testing
Testing for depleted uranium in La. soldiers passes into law

By Jan Clifford
Louisiana Weekly
June 27, 2005

Louisiana became the first state in the nation to pass a bill to give to
all military veterans returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and
Iraqi Freedom the right to be tested for depleted uranium (DU)
contamination. The bill received unanimous bipartisan support, and
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco signed it into law on June 16. 

The bill, Act 69, was introduced in the Louisiana State House of
Representatives by Rep. Juan LaFonta and co-sponsored by Rep. Jalila
Jefferson-Bullock. Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Smith, who served
three tours of duty with the Green Berets during the Vietnam War, is
responsible for bringing the issue to the attention of the legislature.
Advocates testifying for the bill were Smith of New Orleans and Army
veteran Ward Reilly of Baton Rouge. 


For the entire Internet version of the article, see


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