September 20, 2018, Stars and Stripes, Nikki Wentling
Five former Department of Veterans Affairs secretaries and more than two dozen veterans groups joined the fight this week over legislation that would extend Agent Orange benefits to tens of thousands of Navy veterans who served on ships off the coast during the Vietnam War. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, HR 299, aims to provide disability compensation and Department of Veterans Affairs health care to tens of thousands of former sailors who served aboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other ships during the war. Some of them have fought for years to prove they suffered from ailments caused by the dioxin-laden herbicide Agent Orange.
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