Senate Approves Blue Water Navy
Amanda Dolasinski, Staff writer
In a historic vote by unanimous
consent on Wednesday, Senate lawmakers approved legislation to grant benefits
for Agent Orange exposure to Navy veterans who served in the waters off Vietnam
– culminating a decades-long fight for the thousands of veterans who have been
denied claims of presumptive exposure. The bill passed without opposition.
“This is a tremendous victory for our nation’s veterans,” said MOAA President
and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret). “After years of waiting, Blue
Water Navy veterans and their survivors will finally see the benefits they
deserve without fear of those benefits being taken away.”
Last month, the legislation passed the House 410-0.
An estimated 900,000 veterans have
been exposed to Agent Orange. This legislation will extend those disability
benefits to about 90,000 veterans.
This bipartisan legislation extends benefits to servicemembers who served in
the territorial waters off the coast of Vietnam and were exposed to Agent
Orange, which is connected to a variety of cancers and other long-term illness.
A January court ruling will require
the VA to provide health care to Blue Water Navy veterans, but H.R. 299 would
codify that care while also assisting other groups: The bill provides relief to
veterans exposed to Agent Orange on the Korean DMZ, and it also expands benefits
to the children of veterans who served in Thailand and suffer from spina
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