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President signs bill co-sponsored by Santa Barbara congressman to expand health care for veterans

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President Joe Biden with Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara at the Wednesday signing of a new law extending federal medical care to military members exposed to toxic substances while on duty.

New law extends veterans health care services to those exposed to toxic substances while in uniform.

The President signed a new law co-authored by a Santa Barbara congressman extending federal health care eligibility to veterans exposed to toxic substances while on duty.

The legislation opens up health care benefits to more than 3.5 million veterans. The veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals and substances in burn pits and chemical clouds. It shifts the burden off of veterans to prove that they developed respiratory issues, or cancer due to their military service.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara co-authored the legislation. It sets the stage for the exposed veterans to receive care, and potentially benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.