2013-02-28 / Letters

Congressional Bill For Navy Vietnam War Veterans

To The Editor:

The 112th Congress has failed to pass a law for Vietnam War veterans. The law would have afforded all U.S. Navy Vietnam vets VA benefits.

New House Bill HR-543, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, was introduced to the 113th Congress by Congressman Gibson (N.Y.) The bill, if passed, will afford VA benefits to all U.S. Navy personnel engaged in the Vietnam War who served at sea never having boots on the ground for Agent Orange exposure.

In submitting a VA claim for Agent Orange exposure, the veteran must show proof of naval service in the territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam. In addition, medical history for one or more acceptable diseases recognized by the VA for exposure. A copy of the veteran’s DD-214 must be submitted with VA claim.

We veterans need help from the American people. We need public support for action. We ask you to urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the bill. Without public support, nothing happens.

Additionally, go to www.causes.com; in the search box type Agent Orange Act, page down to the title, sign the petition.

John J. Bury, U.S. Navy, retired,

Vietnam War veteran

Media, Pa.

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