An Ohio woman was in attendance at the White House during President Biden’s signing of the PACT Act Wednesday, according to our news partner WBNS in Columbus.
The legislation is named after Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson who died of cancer two years ago after being exposed to toxic burn pits while serving in Iraq.
He battled cancer for three years before passing away in 2020, WBNS reports.
His wife, Danielle Robinson, who was right by the President’s side when He signed the PACT act, said doing this in his memory is an honor.
“It’s been a very emotional ride,” she said. “Knowing that Heath wasn’t here with us, but we’re honoring him today.”
Robinson and her daughter Brielle joined the President for the signing, according to WBNS.
The legislation will expand federal health care services for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.
Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson served in the Ohio National Guard in Kosovo and Iraq and his wife, Danielle, had been pushing for the PACT Act since she was a guest at the State Of The Union, WBNS reports.
“We’re honored to be a huge part of this,” she said. “I can’t help and think about all the families that are so deserving of being in this position.”