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Friday, December 2nd, 2022

HAVANA Act signed into law

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The Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks (HAVANA) Act was recently signed into law.

The measure supports American public servants having sustained brain injuries likely stemming from directed energy attacks, also known as Havana Syndrome.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) were among the lawmakers spearheading the legislation which passed Congress unanimously and authorizes additional financial support for injured individuals.

Havana Syndrome is an illness discovered among over 40 U.S. Embassy staff in Havana, Cuba, beginning in 2016. Since that time additional diplomats and intelligence community personnel at other locations have suffered symptoms a National Academy of Sciences study determined are consistent with the impact of directed, pulsed, radiofrequency energy.

“I have spoken personally with Havana Syndrome victims who were forced to battle the bureaucracy while dealing with their own health challenges,” Collins said. “These Americans who experienced traumatic brain injuries from likely directed energy attacks while serving our country should have been treated the same way we treat a soldier who suffered a traumatic brain injury on the battlefield.”

Collins said Havana Syndrome would now receive deserved financial assistance and medical support.

“Every day, American diplomats and intelligence officers around the world put themselves at risk to keep our nation safe,” Warner said. “In return, we have an obligation to provide ample support when these brave men and women are injured in the line of duty. As the Senate Intelligence Committee continues to look into the mysterious and debilitating attacks on U.S. personnel abroad, I’m proud to know that these officials will now be able to count on the compensation and care they deserve.”