Vietnam Veterans of America- Legislative Alert
November 18, 2017
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,
Representative David Valadao, (CA-R-21) has introduced H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 and Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced companion bill S.422, in the Senate. When enacted into law this legislation would reverse the Department of Veterans Affairs decision preventing “Blue Water Navy” veterans from claiming presumptive status for the diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.
Presumption of service connection exists for Vietnam veterans who served in country, on land and inland waterways. Enactment of H.R. 299 will bring a modicum of justice to several thousand Navy personnel who have been denied service connection by the VA since 2002. They no longer will have to prove direct exposure to Agent Orange, and they will receive expedited consideration for VA benefits if they are afflicted with any of the health conditions associated with exposure to this defoliant.
VVA strongly supports H.R. 299 and will work with Congress to ensure passage of this bi-partisan legislation to restore equity to all Vietnam Veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange.
VVA urges you to take action now! enter your Zip Code, and send the prepared letters requesting your Member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 299 , the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 and also thanking yoiur member for cosponsoring the bill.