2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 13:09:24 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Navy Vets seek Agent Orance compensation
Navy's Vietnam vets seek equal benefits

By William R. Levesque
St. Petersburg Times (FL)
June 8, 2009

A bill in Congress provides a seemingly straightforward answer to a question that has vexed tens of thousands of Americans who served in the U.S. military.

Who is a Vietnam veteran?

The answer is vitally important to Navy personnel who served in Vietnam's territorial waters. For now, the Department of Veterans Affairs' definition of a Vietnam veteran does not include these men and women.

Legislation introduced in the House would change that, clearing the way for Navy veterans to get disability payments and free health care for ailments linked to the herbicide Agent Orange, from type II diabetes to a variety of cancers.

At stake: $3 billion in benefits.

The VA says the pool of veterans who would become eligible for benefits under the bill is 800,000, a number critics accuse the VA of exaggerating to inflate costs that may scare Congress.


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