Monday, January 9, 2017

Legislation to Expand Benefits for Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to expand benefits for Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans. Joined by lead cosponsors, Representatives Timothy J. Walz (D-MN), Elise M. Stefanik (R-NY), and Joe Courtney (D-CT), H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act works to grant presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to U.S. military personnel who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Author of the legislation, Congressman David G. Valadao stated, “Ensuring our veterans have access to proper medical care is a small, yet important, symbol of gratitude for their service, especially when their medical conditions are a result of active service.” He continued, “I am proud to introduce this legislation today, and as a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs, I will continue to fight for the men and women of our Armed Forces and for our selfless veterans.”

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