Obama sponsored veterans bill honors Evans
I happened to be watching Countdown with Keith Olberman yesterday and he was interviewing Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. During the segment Rieckhoff mentioned the Lane Evans Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act, which he said was co-sponsored by Barack Obama and Republican Olympia Snow of Maine.
This link to information on the bill (S. 3988) doesn't mention Snow. (Update: A search on Thomas shows there are now 6 co-sponsors: Olympia Snow, R-ME, Joe Biden, D-DE, Sherrod Brown, D-OH, John Kerry, D-MA, Barb Mikulski, D-MD , and Chuck Schumer, D-NY )
It's a great tribute that this bill bears Evans' name.
From Sen. Obama's remarks on the Senate floor introducing the legislation:
Mr. President, I rise today to introduce legislation that is significant both in the problems it seeks to address and the man it seeks to honor.Full text of the bill here.
Since the day he arrived in Congress more than two decades ago, LANE EVANS has been a tireless advocate for the men and women with whom he served. When Vietnam vets started falling ill from Agent Orange, he led the effort to get them compensation. LANE was one of the first in Congress to speak out about the health problems facing Persian Gulf war veterans. He's worked to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he's also helped make sure thousands of homeless veterans in our country have a place to sleep.
LANE EVANS has fought these battles for more than 20 years, and even in the face of his own debilitating disease, he kept fighting. Today, veterans across America have LANE EVANS to thank for reminding this country of its duty to take care of those who have risked their lives to defend ours.
I am very proud today to introduce the Lane Evans Veterans Healthcare and Benefits Improvement Act of 2006. This bill honors a legislator who leaves behind an enduring legacy of service to our veterans. The legislation also is an important step towards caring for our men and women who are currently fighting for us.