From United States Representative Claudia Tenney:
For Immediate Release
June 25, 2018
House Passes Tenney Co-Sponsored Bill Expanding Benefits for Vietnam Veterans
Washington, DC—Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) announced the passage of her co-sponsored bill, H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. This legislation expands benefits for Vietnam blue water navy veterans who are currently suffering from diseases they received as a result of their service. This measure has received support from various veteran’s organizations, including the Fleet Reserve Association, Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc., and the Blue Water Navy Association.
“Our district is honored to be home to more than 55,000 veterans, and it is my top priority to ensure our nation’s heroes receive access to the high-quality care they deserve. During the Vietnam War, more than 20 million gallons of the herbicide ‘Agent Orange’ were sprayed to remove jungle foliage,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “In 2002, the VA stopped giving benefits to those blue water veterans who served in the waters off the Vietnamese coast, causing complications for our nations heroes and increased backlog in VA claims. This bill restores coverage for those who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam.”
The herbicide Agent Orange has been linked to health complications, including non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), various cancers, Type II Diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Since 2002, “Blue Water” navy veterans have not been entitled to these benefits, despite studies showing they were exposed to toxic amounts of the herbicide.
As a member of the State Assembly, Tenney sponsored a bill to allow the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) to be recognized as a benevolent order and has continued her strong advocacy for our Vietnam Veterans throughout her time in Congress.