US House passes legislation to extend Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans benefits

Lawmakers are considering legislation to extend. House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation dealing with the plight of “blue water” Vietnam veterans, adding a new Veterans Affairs home.

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Jun 25, 2018. H.R. 299 (115th). To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes. In GovTrack.us, a database of bills in the U.S. Congress.

After a unanimous victory in the House Tuesday night, legislation to grant benefits for Agent Orange exposure to Navy veterans who served in the waters off Vietnam will move to the Senate – where it failed to pass last year. The bill passed 410-0. Last year, the House passed relief for Blue Water.

Shown Here: Reported to House with amendment(s) (05/18/2018) This bill extends the presumption of service connection for certain diseases associated with herbicide exposure to veterans who served: (1) in the territorial seas of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, or (2) in or near the Korean demilitarized zone between September 1, 1967, and August 31, 1971.

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act would extend eligibility for disability compensation and health care to "Blue Water" Navy veterans – servicemembers who were aboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other ships, some of whom have fought for years to prove they were exposed to Agent Orange.

WASHINGTON – The House unanimously passed legislation Monday that would extend. for Blue Water Navy veterans. Belanger’s husband, Ernest Belanger, was a sailor who served off the coast of Vietnam..

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata voted for the bipartisan blue water navy vietnam Veterans Act, which she cosponsored, and the legislation passed the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and will move on to full House consideration. "This important bill recognizes the realities and dangers faced by the Veterans who served in the Vietnam region’s waters," said.

House passes Blue Water Navy veterans bill, moves to Senate – "For decades, tens of thousands of veterans, their families and survivors have been denied their earned benefits. While it is long past due, it is time that we correct the injustice done to Blue Water Navy veterans and provide protection of the Procopio decision by passing H.R. 299." The bill doesn’t just cover blue water Vietnam veterans.

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