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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

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Mr. BOSWELL. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the en bloc for a couple of reasons I think are very important to all of us. As we know, the amendment that I'm concerned with and talking about has to do with the issue of multiple deployments and to add to the Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act of 2012 to the underlying legislation.

Amendment No. 85 requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the effects that multiple deployments have on the well-being of our military personnel. I, along withMr. BOSWELL. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the en bloc for a couple of reasons I think are very important to all of us. As we know, the amendment that I'm concerned with and talking about has to do with the issue of multiple deployments and to add to the Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act of 2012 to the underlying legislation.

Amendment No. 85 requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the effects that multiple deployments have on the well-being of our military personnel. I, along with some of you, have some appreciation for multiple deployments. We used to call them tours, but we understand that the deployments and the impact on our troops in uniform and our families is severe. We need to know more about it.

The other is I had a former staffer that went to a 5-year reunion, a female staffer. She's an Iraq war veteran, and she returned to tell me that six of the 70 women in her battalion, ages 25 to 35, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and others had noncancerous masses. This startled me, as did a study that indicates breast cancer is more prevalent in military women than civilian.

The women are not the only ones that need this study. At last count, at least 78 men who served at Camp Lejeune between 1950 and 1985 have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These marines and their families deserve more information. Last Congress, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the VFW supported conducting this study.

More troops are returning from duty only to face a new battle--breast cancer. So I urge my colleagues to get them answers. Support this en bloc amendment and the other good features of it.Mr. BOSWELL. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the en bloc for a couple of reasons I think are very important to all of us. As we know, the amendment that I'm concerned with and talking about has to do with the issue of multiple deployments and to add to the Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act of 2012 to the underlying legislation.

Amendment No. 85 requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the effects that multiple deployments have on the well-being of our military personnel. I, along with some of you, have some appreciation for multiple deployments. We used to call them tours, but we understand that the deployments and the impact on our troops in uniform and our families is severe. We need to know more about it.

The other is I had a former staffer that went to a 5-year reunion, a female staffer. She's an Iraq war veteran, and she returned to tell me that six of the 70 women in her battalion, ages 25 to 35, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and others had noncancerous masses. This startled me, as did a study that indicates breast cancer is more prevalent in military women than civilian.

The women are not the only ones that need this study. At last count, at least 78 men who served at Camp Lejeune between 1950 and 1985 have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These marines and their families deserve more information. Last Congress, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the VFW supported conducting this study.

More troops are returning from duty only to face a new battle--breast cancer. So I urge my colleagues to get them answers. Support this en bloc amendment and the other good features of it.Mr. BOSWELL. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the en bloc for a couple of reasons I think are very important to all of us. As we know, the amendment that I'm concerned with and talking about has to do with the issue of multiple deployments and to add to the Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act of 2012 to the underlying legislation.

Amendment No. 85 requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the effects that multiple deployments have on the well-being of our military personnel. I, along with some of you, have some appreciation for multiple deployments. We used to call them tours, but we understand that the deployments and the impact on our troops in uniform and our families is severe. We need to know more about it.

The other is I had a former staffer that went to a 5-year reunion, a female staffer. She's an Iraq war veteran, and she returned to tell me that six of the 70 women in her battalion, ages 25 to 35, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and others had noncancerous masses. This startled me, as did a study that indicates breast cancer is more prevalent in military women than civilian.

The women are not the only ones that need this study. At last count, at least 78 men who served at Camp Lejeune between 1950 and 1985 have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These marines and their families deserve more information. Last Congress, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the VFW supported conducting this study.

More troops are returning from duty only to face a new battle--breast cancer. So I urge my colleagues to get them answers. Support this en bloc amendment and the other good features of it.Mr. BOSWELL. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the en bloc for a couple of reasons I think are very important to all of us. As we know, the amendment that I'm concerned with and talking about has to do with the issue of multiple deployments and to add to the Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act of 2012 to the underlying legislation.

Amendment No. 85 requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the effects that multiple deployments have on the well-being of our military personnel. I, along with some of you, have some appreciation for multiple deployments. We used to call them tours, but we understand that the deployments and the impact on our troops in uniform and our families is severe. We need to know more about it.

The other is I had a former staffer that went to a 5-year reunion, a female staffer. She's an Iraq war veteran, and she returned to tell me that six of the 70 women in her battalion, ages 25 to 35, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and others had noncancerous masses. This startled me, as did a study that indicates breast cancer is more prevalent in military women than civilian.

The women are not the only ones that need this study. At last count, at least 78 men who served at Camp Lejeune between 1950 and 1985 have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These marines and their families deserve more information. Last Congress, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the VFW supported conducting this study.

More troops are returning from duty only to face a new battle--breast cancer. So I urge my colleagues to get them answers. Support this en bloc amendment and the other good features of it. some of you, have some appreciation for multiple deployments. We used to call them tours, but we understand that the deployments and the impact on our troops in uniform and our families is severe. We need to know more about it.

The other is I had a former staffer that went to a 5-year reunion, a female staffer. She's an Iraq war veteran, and she returned to tell me that six of the 70 women in her battalion, ages 25 to 35, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and others had noncancerous masses. This startled me, as did a study that indicates breast cancer is more prevalent in military women than civilian.

The women are not the only ones that need this study. At last count, at least 78 men who served at Camp Lejeune between 1950 and 1985 have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These marines and their families deserve more information. Last Congress, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the VFW supported conducting this study.

More troops are returning from duty only to face a new battle--breast cancer. So I urge my colleagues to get them answers. Support this en bloc amendment and the other good features of it.

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