Agent Orange Reform Bill Introduced
Rep. Bob Gibson (N.Y.)
introduced “The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R.
543) that clarifies a presumption for ailments associated with exposure
to the Agent Orange herbicide during the Vietnam War. This measure would
authorize those who served off the coast of Vietnam (so-called “blue water vets”) to claim disability
benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
FRA believes Congress
should recognize that these veterans were exposed to Agent Orange and
authorize VA presumptive status associated with this exposure. Shipmates
are strongly urged to use the Action Center to ask their U.S. representative to
support this important legislation.