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2/6/2013--Introduced. Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013 - Includes as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Feb 6, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Feb 6, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

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 purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. CLARIFICATION OF PRESUMPTIONS OF EXPOSURE FOR VETERANS WHO SERVED IN VICINITY OF REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM.

(a) Compensation.--Subsections (a)(1) and (f) of section 1116 of title 38, United States Code, are amended by inserting ``(including the territorial seas of such Republic)'' after ``served in the Republic of Vietnam'' each place it appears. (b) Health Care.--Section 1710(e)(4) of such title is amended by inserting ``(including the territorial seas of such Republic)'' after ``served on active duty in the Republic of Vietnam''. (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall take effect as of September 25, 1985. <all>

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242 Supporting
15 Opposing
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State: CA

21 Supporting
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84% 16%

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Agent Orange, used as a defoliant by the United States in Vietnam, has been linked to cancer and various nerve, respiratory and digestive disorders, among other ailments. Those service persons with presumed exposure are entitled to certain health benefits. The legislation would grant presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to U.S. service members — primarily those serving in the Navy — who served in the so-called territorial waters, up to 12 miles off the shore in Vietnam.

Agent Orange Legacy 2 years ago

This bill simply restores the presumption of exposure to a class of Vietnam Navy Veterans the DVA began discriminating against in 2002.

This bill simply restores the presumption of exposure to a class of Vietnam Navy Veterans the DVA began discriminating against in 2002.

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 purposes.

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I support H.R. 543 The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act because...

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MA
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Constituent393439
MA-4
5 months ago

I support The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act because...(1) It's the "Right Thing to Do". Remember the USS Shangri La, and the gallant men who proudly served aboard her, that they were there, (1970), closest to the shore line off the coast of Da Nang. check how many men, including myself, a 17 year old sailor, (now 63), has now been very recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, and because I worked right under the deck in a room that was completely surrounded in asbestos ( oxygen making machine location, for aircraft use, and went in and out of the pipe systems on a 4hrs. on,4hrs.off, bases, 24 hrs. a day, 6 straight months! I will Always Love Our Country, My Country Will Always Love Me.

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NJ
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JustLovetheUSA
NJ-10
7 months ago

I support The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act because...my husbands best friend died a couple of years ago with several diseases that is associated with agent orange. He had tried several times but was denied. Now it has hit home, my husband has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He to went to the local VA and was also denied. These two sailors were among many on the USS Frank E. Evans. Before their ship was hit and destroyed by HMAS Melbourne the Frank E. Evans was supporting operation daring rebel on the barrier island just under HOI An in Vietnam. The destroyer was only several miles away from the coast. I'm praying that Members of Congress will pass H.R. 543

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IL
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55kensue
IL-12
8 months ago

I support The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act because my husband Phil served on the USS Midway in Vietnam from 1969 to 1973, and I believe that the severe neuropathy in his feet is a result of his exposure to "Agent Orange", even thought he was in the harbor and not on land. Our family doctor has agreed, but the VA will not recognize it and compensate him accordingly. PLEASE pass this bill, it is important to many who have served and offered to lay down their lives for this great country.

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FL
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Yogi'sMommy
FL-17
9 months ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 543 ("to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity because the assumption that because somebody set foot in Vietnam they could possibly be affected by Agent Orange applied miles away in remote jungles is beyond absurd. I personally was in the infantry in the jungle and occasionally in areas which were defoliated. On at least one occasion I had to get my drinking water from a bomb crater in such an area. There were very few people ever affected in any way by Agent Orange. And Agent Orange was just one of a number of defoliants that were used, so even those of us in defoliated areas did not necessarily have exposure. It is disgusting that personnel who might have set foot in a coastal port on leave could possibly have been exposed at all, let alone at levels so severe that they were injured by it. Please keep sanity in out veteran's benefits. And maybe read the book "Stolen Valor" before passing this.

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TN
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Pulfnick
TN-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 543 ("to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity") because..."and for other purposes." I do not oppose providing for Vietnam Navy Veterans just the PORK you added.

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TimothyL.O'Neil
VA-4
2 years ago

Bill Summary


2/6/2013--Introduced.
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013 - Includes as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam.

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