Coleman bill to compensate Simon family approved by Congress

Senator Norm Coleman announced last week that his bill to provide $200,000 to Eric and Brian Simon of Veseli was included in the FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress last week.

Brian (19) and Eric (18), whose father, Doug, contracted HIV/AIDS during treatment for a service-connected injury while on active duty in the National Guard during the early 1980s, will receive the compensation to help them afford a college education and meet expenses.

Coleman called the family Saturday to pass along the news.

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