Nearly half of the surviving 100,000 members of the United
States Navy and fleet marine services who fought in Vietnam between
1962 and 1975 could be experiencing wartime injuries from the long term
effects of dioxin exposure.
On Aug. 2, 2013, the Blue Water Navy
Vietnam Veterans Association and Military Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
jointly filed suit in the United States District Court for the District
of Columbia against Eric K. Shinseki in his capacity as Secretary of the
Department of Veterans Affairs. This lawsuit demands immediate
restoration of presumption of Agent Orange exposure. The law would
constitute implementation of HR 543 pending before the 113th Congress.
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013, HR 543, was
introduced to the House hloor by Rep.Chris Gibson, D.-N.Y. This
legislation will return the presumption of exposure to herbicide to Navy
and Marine veterans who served in the offshore water of Vietnam.
These conditions include, but are not limited to, many forms of
cancer, ischemic heart disease, Parkinson's disease and diabetes II.
Approximately 21 million gallons of the dioxin herbicide was sprayed
on Vietnam. It entered the food chain and water systems. Dairy
products produced in Vietnam serviced the offshore carriers. The
distillation process of the carriers amplified the toxin the crews drank
and showered in.
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