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Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011 Introduced in SenateSalem-News.com
The bill is a restoration act to give back what once existed, and was taken away.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Forward by editor: One sad chapter in U.S. history involves the use of a chemical herbicide in the Vietnam War known ominously as 'Agent Orange'. The chemical was developed, tested and marketed by Monsanto, a company that has never been forced to account for why its adverse health effects were overlooked. Hundreds of thousands of Americans and Vietnamese have died of cancer because of Agent Orange, and the U.S. government has fought tooth and nail to avoid responsibility or accountability. Among those affected who have received the least support, are the Navy sailors who were also contaminated by Agent Orange, while aboard ship.
Last Friday U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand-(D) of Albany, N.Y. and Lindsey Graham-(R) of South Carolina introduced Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011, which would amend the Agent Orange Act to include Navy veterans of Vietnam who served aboard ships but not on land.
S. 1629 amends title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Bill Miltenberger, CEO VASVW, sent Salem-News.com the update on this development, adding, "This bill, if enacted, will be huge for Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans since it restores the benefits taken away by the Veterans Administration."S.1629 -- Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011 (Introduced in Senate - IS)
S 1629 IS
To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.