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house Bill H.R. 299

Should Vietnam Era Vets Who Served in the ‘Blue Water Navy’ Be Eligible for Additional Disability Benefits Linked to Agent Orange Exposure?

Argument in favor

Vietnam veterans who served offshore in the Navy but were nonetheless exposed to Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides should receive the same disability compensation as veterans who fought in the jungles and rivers of Vietnam.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/14/2019
For the Second TIME, as a Vietnam Veteran I’m In FAVOR for them, receiving. Vietnam veterans who served offshore in the Navy but were nonetheless exposed to Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides should receive the same disability compensation as veterans who fought in the jungles and rivers of Vietnam. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 5.14.19.....
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Lori's Opinion
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05/14/2019
How can we even ask this question? All vets needs to be fully cared for. Period.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/14/2019
My cousin is dying from prostate cancer which is related to agent orange. He is a blue water navy vet. He has been unable to get any help from the VA while all the other services get care. It is extremely important that this pass so proper care can be provided to all Blue Water Vets though it is most likely too late for my cousin and many others.
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Argument opposed

The federal government and Dept. of Veterans Affairs should fight a court ruling that Blue Water Navy veterans a court ruling extending benefits to these veterans, and Congress shouldn’t extend benefits through legislation.

Clement's Opinion
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05/14/2019
All vets deserve the care they need. Only those who have never served their country could think otherwise. - USMC veteran.
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Tim's Opinion
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05/14/2019
Hell no. Presumption of exposure is not exposure.
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Mark's Opinion
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05/14/2019
This d oesnt even make sense. How were they exposed?
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bill Progress


  • EnactedJune 25th, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed May 14th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 410 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

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    For the Second TIME, as a Vietnam Veteran I’m In FAVOR for them, receiving. Vietnam veterans who served offshore in the Navy but were nonetheless exposed to Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides should receive the same disability compensation as veterans who fought in the jungles and rivers of Vietnam. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 5.14.19.....
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    All vets deserve the care they need. Only those who have never served their country could think otherwise. - USMC veteran.
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    How can we even ask this question? All vets needs to be fully cared for. Period.
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    My cousin is dying from prostate cancer which is related to agent orange. He is a blue water navy vet. He has been unable to get any help from the VA while all the other services get care. It is extremely important that this pass so proper care can be provided to all Blue Water Vets though it is most likely too late for my cousin and many others.
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    This shouldn’t even be a question! Why aren’t they covered? They were in the service of this country, came into harms way and now deserve to be taken care of!
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    Yes but all vets should be getting better benefits
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    My friend who served in Vietnam as a Marine, is presently dying from cancer related to Agent Orange exposure. He needs those benefits to ensure he gets the best possible care and his family can continue after he goes without financial debt.
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    Agent Orange involved, you bet!
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    Our government lied to its people when they told vets agent orange would not hurt their health so yes any soldier exposed to it should receive benefits
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    All our veterans need care.
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    My father is dying of multiple types of cancer and suffers from dementia that does not run in our family from agent orange exposure. He was denied VA benefits for years. It was a gruelling process and added so much stress to my mom the caregiver. We need to take care of our veterans!!!!
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    We should honor their service with all the amenities we can . They gave of themselves to fight a war that we shouldn’t have been involved in.
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    Yes. Please protect and provide for those vets who went to Vietnam and had the risk of exposure to agent orange. Including Navy.
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    Yes, of course. Those young men and women gave of themselves for our country. Most individuals in the military make a very meager salary to provide for their families. Military benefits have not been very good and veterans have gotten poor medical care. Yes, our military deserve great benefits and care and especially those who have been affected by Agent Orange. Step up and do the right thing!!
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    Our Service People deserve to be taken care of NO MATTER WHAT. Only people who NEVER SERVED or LIVED WITH A PERSON WHO SERVED WOULD EVEN MAKE THIS A QUESTION.
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    Why is this a question? Don't send military to war if you aren't going to take care of them.
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    Yes, by all means!
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    They don’t already? So The Government drafted those Young Boys Many of Which came home in boxes. The Country continued to Draft more young men (women couldn’t fight then) to SAVE FACE! See the Pentagon Papers. And you have the nerve to NOT have those men and their children not covered? There’s a Republican involved in here somewhere
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    Hell yes!!! Take care of these guys!!! That there is even a question is a disgrace!!!
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    Agent Orange was a nasty chemical defoliant. It is pretty much common knowledge that it has been linked to cancers as well as other health issues. These soldiers not only put themselves in harm’s way to fight for and defend their country, but at added risk with the use of this chemical, which has since been banned for almost 50 years. We need to take care of the men and women who sign the blank check payable to the United States, not toss them aside like an old useless toy.
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