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.