National Veteran Service Organizations
Support Blue Water Veteran Legislation

Senators Gillibrand and Graham introduced S-1629 as legislation to once again include the military personnel who served offshore Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 under the providions of the Agent Orange Act of 1991. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) unilaterally changed their regulations to exclude these veterans from eligibility for Veteran Benefits, including Health Care and lost wage Compensation, that are awarded by presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to all other Vietnam Veterans who served on land in Vietnam.

The "Dear Collegue" letter from Senator Gillibrand and Senator Graham was released at the time the Bill was introduced on Sept. 30, 2011.

Here is the proposed wording of Bill S-1629 as it was introduced.

The statements that follow were provided by Veteran Organizations who agree that Blue Water Navy veterans, including Navy, Coast Guard and Fleet Marines, are lawfully entitled to the same benefits as those who served with "boots-on-ground" during the Vietnam War, as was intended by Congress in the original Agent Orange Act of 1991.

The Fleet Reserve Association.

Team Veteran

The American Legion. What is included here is their opening page of a much longer document and the pertinent page addressing the Blue Water Navy issue.

The following 28 independent organizations of the Military Coalition signed a letter of Thanks to Senator Gillibrand for introducing S-1629, in favor of including Blue Water Navy veterans under the presumption of herbicide exposure:

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association.

The Reserve Officers Association of the United States and
The Reserve Enlisted Association of the United States.

Association of the United States Navy

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