AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Gov. John Baldacci signed a bill Monday to improve health screenings for soldiers, legislation prompted by the death of a Maine National Guardsman last year.
The new law creates a commission to review preventive health treatment practices, vaccinations and other medications given to members of the Maine National Guard.
The bill was introduced at the urging of Barbara Damon-Day, the mother of Patrick Damon, a Guard captain who died last June in Afghanistan.
Damon-Day previously has said that her son's death may have resulted from the vaccinations Damon received before his deployment.
Damon had been a legislative staffer who was known to many state lawmakers.
``The loss of Pat is still vividly painful,'' Baldacci said. ``We honor his memory with this law.''