H.R.969 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to
clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who
served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act was introduced in the House by
Rep. Chris Gibson (D-NY) along with the signatures of 131 strongly
bipartisan original co-sponsors on February 13, 2015. This legislation
will return the presumption of exposure to herbicide to Navy and Marine
veterans who served in the off shore waters of Vietnam. HR-969 now
replaces HR-543, which was the number used in the previous 113th
Congress. The wording is the same, but the new designating number is HR-969.
A Senate Companion Bill is expected later in February.
HR-543 of the previous 113th Congress died in the House Veterans Affairs
Committee, led by Congressman Jeff Miller (FL) with 258 co-sponsors.
Only 218 co-sponsors represents 1/2 the voting member of the House.
Miller would not release the Bill for a vote on the floor of the House.