This is a belated follow-up on pending legislation to provide relief to Oregon National Guard members who were exposed to sodium dichromate in Iraq in 2003. By way of full disclosure, I’m part of a legal team representing Oregon Guard members who were exposed to sodium dichromate at the Qarmat Ali facility. We are pursuing claims for injured soldiers against KBR.
Background on the legislation is here. The short version is that it creates a fund that will help exposed Oregon National Guard members who develop cancer in the future. According to the legislative history, Sen. Carter carried the bill in the Senate after it passed the House, and it passed by an overwhelming majority.
It’s generally good news for our soldiers, with one hitch. Unfortunately, the state of Oregon’s finances left the effort underfunded. But I’m guessing that Rep. Shields and others who worked tirelessly on this bill will see to supplementing the funding in the future.
Many thanks are owed to Rep. Chip Shields and to Larry Roberta and Scott Ashby for their testimony.