I took the time to reflect upon the passage of the Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Legislation – The PACT ACT. In my previous blog post I concluded that the victory was for the Veterans, and especially to note Veterans that went above and beyond to advocate for the care of wounds that were inflicted from U.S. Foreign missions, such as: Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam. With the vital help of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the U.S. Senate members that provided the foundation for advocacy and care of veterans.
I was grateful that the U.S. Senate did finally pass the PACT ACT, however; not all of the amendments were passed. This leaves room for further consideration, future improvements and advocacy, as the needs of human populations arise. To reckon with feelings associated with the hashtag: # Veterans Deserve Better. But I think for now Veterans and all who are integral to this victory would want to take some reflective time, feel some-kind of relief, and maybe celebrate.
The victory was overshadowed by sadness as we heard of the tragic news that Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN), her district director and former staffer of Senator Rubio (R-FL), Emma Thompson passed away. And also the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Commander Thomas ” Tommy” Tradewell. The life passing of colleagues is difficult, within the contexts of victory, it could also be God’s way of evoking: remember me?
Reflections upon the bills passage are connected with previous blog posts, as a mechanism to support your voices, and possibly a voice for Senator (s) to also reflect upon. I also remembered why it is my personal belief that the social sciences, social scientific disciplines, life and health sciences, and all forms of educational teachings that pertain to humans and human behavior are respected as sacred teachings. Especially when human knowledge is combined with human experiences. That require the careful care and consideration for the making of decisions that affect human populations. These thoughts also intersect with notions of morals and ethics. Thus; why we pray for our Senate.
We could think about an individual case, but also decisions that affect mass-populations. In the case of the Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Legislation -The PACT ACT., the estimates are approximately 3.5 Million veterans of all ages that will find some-kind of relief when the passage is finally signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
We can also connect these thoughts to the topics of pro-life, pregnancy, vulnerable women and abortion, that followed from the overturning of Roe v. Wade; to recognize the importance of when in the recipient of civilian inquiries, that create the basis for the formations of bills that are signed into law, with of course the intentions to improve the human condition.
I continue to congratulate and thank Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), I thank your colleague Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and congratulate all the veterans that will be supported.
Related Blog Posts:
- VETERANS EXPOSED TO BURN PITS LEGISLATION | THE PACT ACT.
- VETERANS EXPOSED TO BURN PITS LEGISLATION | THE PACT ACT!! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Further Reading: VFW Commemorates Hard Fought Win as Senate Finally Passes ‘PACT Act’
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Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on August 5th 2022.
With Love & Kindness! 🇺🇸