Ailing 'Blue Water' veterans of Vietnam near to gaining VA benefits
After months negotiating with Senate colleagues, the House Veterans Affairs Committee voted unanimously to send to the full House a bill likely to become the vehicle to qualify 90,000 ailing sea service veterans for Agent Orange-related disability pay and health care from Department of Veterans Affairs. These former naval warriors of the Vietnam War, called "Blue Water Navy Veterans," have been pressuring Congress for decades to have their illnesses recognized as being caused, as likely as not, by exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides sprayed on forests and jungle areas during that long war.
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