REP. JENKINS HELPS EXPAND AGENT ORANGE BENEFITS
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, legislation he cosponsored that is a priority for veterans service organizations and Vietnam War veterans.
The House voted unanimously on Monday night to pass the bill, which allows veterans who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War to receive federal benefits under the Agent Orange Act of 1991. Many of these veterans are now suffering from illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure, including cancer, Type II diabetes and Parkinson’s.
“One of my top priorities is ensuring our veterans are receiving the benefits they earned through their service. These brave Blue Water Navy veterans have been asking for the care they deserve for illnesses incurred during service. This bill extends benefits to thousands of these veterans and gives them the justice they deserve. I have supported this designation since my first week in Congress, and I am pleased they will finally be receiving the care and benefits they need,” Rep. Jenkins said.
H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, is sponsored by Rep. David Valadao (R- Calif.) and cosponsored by Rep. Jenkins.