SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steelville, supported a new law which will help tackle problems veterans face by creating a task force targeting health issues not addressed by the federal government.
“Our veterans often face serious health problems as a result of their service, and we need to do all that we can to ensure they are getting the help they deserve,” Reitz said. “The people who have risked their lives to preserve our freedom deserve comprehensive health care that covers the full range of mental and physical needs they might have. This law will help pinpoint and shore-up areas where our current system is failing them.”
Reitz supported House Bill 120, which creates the Veterans Service-Related Ailments Task Force. The task force is comprised of 11 people, including members of the legislature, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and several other medical professionals and subject-matter experts. The goal of the task force is to study and make policy recommendations on how to best to assist veterans with medical problems they are experiencing after their service, specifically in areas not being addressed by federal policy.
“I’m committed to ensuring our veterans have a healthy and safe future beyond their service time,” Reitz said. “No one should have to face health problems on their own, especially the patriots who fought to protect our country. As state representative, I will continue to fight for our veterans and all who have served to make sure that we are providing the quality care and resources that they all deserve.”