Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.)
recently introduced the “Blue Water Navy Ship Accountability
Act” (H.R. 1494) that requires the United States Army and
DoD’s Joint Services Records Research Center (JSRRC) to do a
comprehensive search to determine which ships operated on the inland
waterways of Vietnam between January 9,
1962 and May 7, 1975. Service members serving on those ships would be
eligible for a presumption of Agent Orange exposure when filing a
disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs
Earlier this year, Gibson also
introduced the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R.
543) that clarifies a presumption for ailments associated with exposure
to Agent Orange herbicide during the Vietnam War. The bill would
authorize those who served off the coast of Vietnam, so-called
“blue water vets,” to claim disability benefits from the
FRA (Fleet Reserve Association) believes Congress should
recognize that these veterans were exposed to Agent Orange and authorize
VA presumption associated with this exposure. Shipmates are strongly
urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their representative
to support these important proposals.
here to support H.R.1494.
here to support H.R. 543.