On Tuesday, July 20th, 2021, Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) and Julia Brownley (CA-26) introduced the Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans In Combat Environments (SERVICE) Act. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide mammogram screening for female veterans who served in areas associated with burn pits and other toxic exposure.
This legislation is the House companion to S. 2102, which was introduced in June by Sens. John Boozman (R-AR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
“Our veterans risked their lives and their health in service to our country. Many veterans who were exposed to toxins and burn pits need treatment and screening to prevent long-term health issues,” said Miller-Meeks. “Female veterans are especially at risk for several types of cancer, especially breast cancer. As a doctor, I have always told my patients that early detection is the key to successfully treating all types of cancer, and the SERVICE Act will give female veterans access to more screenings to stay ahead of this terrible disease. I thank Congresswoman Brownley for her partnership on this important issue to help those who served.”
“Women veterans who served in areas with high toxic exposures should not have to wait until they start showing symptoms or reach a certain age to access preventative mammography screenings,” said Brownley, Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health. “That is why I am proud to join Congresswoman Miller-Meeks in introducing this life-saving legislation. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure women veterans have access to timely, quality care and services.”
To read the full text of the legislation, click HERE.