Vietnam Veterans of America - Legislative Alert
June 11, 2019
Congress is very close to finally passing Blue Water Navy legislation, but unless the Senate acts that effort will fail.
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. H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, passed the House by a vote of 410-0 on May 14, 2019. The bill is currently in Senate awaiting action.
When the bill is 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 letter to your Senator urging them to contact Senator McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and ask him to please move the companion bill H.R. 299 to the Senate floor for a vote and passage.
Please follow-up your letter with a call to the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator.
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.”