White House Petition: Agent Orange Blue Water Navy Issue
The Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Association has put a “We the People” petition on the White House website that calls for the enactment of The “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.” It has been introduced in both the House (H.R.299) and Senate (S.422). These proposals would clarify that service members serving off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict have a presumption for filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for ailments associated with exposure to the Agent Orange herbicide. FRA believes Congress should recognize that the so-called “Blue water” veterans were exposed to Agent Orange herbicide and authorize presumptive status for VA disability claims. Click here to sign the petition online.
Members are also encouraged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their legislators to support the proposals and to ask the VA Secretary to implement the presumption by regulation.