Thursday, October 31, 2013

House passes Gibson bill to help Blue Water Navy Vietnam vets

The House of Representatives has passed a bill sponsored by Congressman Christopher Gibson (R, NY-19)) that would move the ability of Vietnam veterans who were assigned to ships off the coast and were afflicted with Agent Orange to receive benefits.

Military personnel who served on the ground and contracted the disease have been covered automatically, but those onboard ships off the coast of Vietnam have been required to list detailed specifics of how they contracted it, making it almost impossible to gain benefits.

Gibson hopes his legislation, if also approved in the Senate and signed by the President, helps ease the burden somewhat.

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