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Guess What The Anthrax Victims Got?

In a word: Nothing

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- David Hose is one of seven post Sept. 11, 2001, survivors of inhalation anthrax -- but he told ABC News there are days when he doesn't feel very fortunate.

Five people died after inhaling the anthrax spores that were spread through the nation's postal system. The 61-year-old Hose, who supervised the handling of State Department mail, fell ill after coming in contact with the spores.

All seven anthrax survivors told ABC News they suffer from the same symptoms, including weakness, emotional problems and memory difficulties. All also are suffering financially.

But Thursday Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation to include the anthrax attack victims under the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund.

I hope the lack of Republican co-sponsors is not an indication that the bill is going to be DOA. It is really outrageous that these living victims, and the deceased victims families are not included in the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund. The Anthrax attacks were terrorism, and were either related to or inspired by the strikes on 9/11. Just think back two years; do you remember any doubt as to whether they were related? Probably not.

Here's a more detailed interview with David Hose.

Contact your representative, get this bill passed.


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