TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Veterans with health problems caused by exposure to toxic chemicals known as PFAS would be eligible for federal health care services under legislation proposed in Congress.

The bill introduced Thursday would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover treatment for ailments related to PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

The chemicals are used widely as a water, stain and grease repellent. They’re also a key ingredient in firefighting foams used for training exercises on military bases. Experts say they are linked to cancers and numerous other illnesses.

Among lawmakers sponsoring the bill are Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan.

They say many veterans have been exposed to the chemicals, along with people living near bases who may have drunk contaminated water.

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