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Give the Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans Their Presumptive Rights

U.S. House of Representatives, hear our cry!

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(SALEM, Ore.) - The Dept. of Veterans Affairs once again betrayed the Vietnam Blue Water Veterans on February 5, 2016, by declaring all bays and harbors offshore waters. That means that those ports which previously were considered inland waters will no longer be presumptive.

In essence they have decided to kill off another possibly 10,000 Vietnam Veterans.

The Vietnam Blue Water Navy had presumptive rights to receive care and benefits until 2002 when the Department of Veterans Affairs decided the Navy were not Vietnam War Veterans. All care and benefits for these Veterans who suffer from the effects of herbicide (Agent Orange) were denied by the VA.

There is legislation in the House H 969 and Senate S 681 which will re-instate these benefits. We ask that these bills be brought forward immediately to for a full vote of the House and Senate. There are enough co sponsors to suspend all rules.

There has been a lot of activity in Congress over the past week. More Representatives and Senators signed on as co-sponsors. This does not mean we have won yet.

The timing for a vote could possibly affect 40,000 Veterans lives.

To sign the Petition: CLICK HERE

Give the Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans their presumptive rights.

Source: The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association


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