Vietnam Veterans of America - Legislative Alert
July 17, 2018
For over a decade, Vietnam Veterans of America has sought legislation to restore presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to members of the Armed Forces, who served in the territorial waters of Vietnam. With passage of H.R. 299 in the House by a vote of 382-0 on June 25, 2018, we are approaching our goal. The bill will now go to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for further consideration.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced companion bill S.422. The bill has 50 cosponsors in the Senate. When enacted into law, “Blue Water” veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam, veterans who served near the demilitarized zone in Korea, and certain veterans who served in Thailand will again be eligible for compensation for service-connected, disabilities related to their exposure to Agent Orange.
VVA believes Congress should recognize that these veterans were exposed to Agent Orange and should authorize presumptive status for VA disability claims associated with this exposure. Now is the time to contact your Senators to ask them to support this bill. Take Action enter your zip code, and send the prepared letters requesting your Senator to cosponsor S.422, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, as amended and passed in the House.
These veterans are aging, and the time to help them is now!
Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”