Bronx soldiers push for new legislation to protect those in combat

A Bronx soldier was joined by other veterans Thursday in a renewed push for legislation to protect those in combat.

Former soldier Gerard Mathew says exposure to depleted uranium is responsible for his poor health and his daughter?s deformity. According to Mathew, depleted uranium exposure occurs when bullets, tanks and other weapons are damaged during combat. Explosions diffuse the chemicals and soldiers breathe them in. Many believe the exposure leads to short and long-term health effects.

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D- Bronx) is calling for legislation that would force the federal government to take a closer look at the effects of depleted uranium exposure. Dinowitz says the bill will assist the military in research and create a task force.

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