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Advocates begin 'final push' to get benefits for Vietnam War veterans

from Stars and Stripes

National veterans organizations launched a "final push" for Congress to grant Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to tens of thousands of Vietnam War veterans believed to be suffering the effects of Agent Orange. The effort, led by Rep. Josh Harder, D-Calif., is designed to put pressure on lawmakers to publicly support the Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act. The measure was added to the Senate's annual defense bill last month but didn't make it into the House's version because of cost concerns, Harder said. It must survive negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers before becoming law. more


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