Veterans Action Network pleased with Agent Orange Act of 1991 ruling
ARLINGTON, Virginia – Agent Orange Act of 1991 has made a recent change to whom it covers from the Vietnam War.
Agent Orange Act of 1991 presumes diseases to be service-connected and resulting from exposure to dioxins and herbicides during service in Vietnam. This Act is in effect unless evidence to the contrary. Veterans of the Vietnam War are who pushed for this act to pass as they acknowledged the herbicides, that were used during war, were linked to cancers and other diseases later in life. These types of health issues are covered under this bill.
Originally, the Department of Veteran Affairs determined this bill would only cover those who served in the “Republic of Vietnam.” Six years later, in 1997, the VA General Counsel’s Office changed it to where the act would just cover those on the ground and river. This would exclude those serving on naval ships.
Since then, after many court hearings and an increase in legal clinics who support veterans and military personnel, in January 2019, Federal Court has ruled “Blue Water Navy” veterans eligible as well. Veterans Action Network is in favor of the court ruling as all veterans should get the support that they need.
The mission of the Veterans Action Network is to engage in the political and policy process at the local, state, and federal level to hold elected officials responsible for how the US government wages war and how it provides the proper support to veterans afterward. To learn more about Veterans Action Network and to view the video, visit www.veteransactionnetwork.net.
Contact Veterans Action Network:
Colton C. Strawser
Chief Strategy Officer