Recently expanded legislation would allow eligible veterans who served in Guam, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa during the Vietnam War to receive expedited consideration for Department of Veterans Affairs benefits if they suffer from diseases the U.S. government has linked to the herbicide Agent Orange.
House Senior Deputy Majority Whip Dennis A. Ross, from Florida’s 15th District, on Thursday introduced the expanded Agent Orange legislation, called Fighting for Orange-Stricken Territories in Eastern Regions (FOSTER) Act.
In a statement from Ross’ office, he said the legislation would:
- grant presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to U.S. service members who served in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands or American Samoa during the Vietnam War; and
- enable eligible veterans to receive expedited consideration for VA benefits if they suffer from any of the diseases the U.S. government has linked to Agent Orange.