Cunningham Helps Pass Bipartisan Legislation for Veterans Impacted by Agent Orange Exposure

May 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Joe Cunningham joined a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives in passing  H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would extend benefits to veterans that served in the territorial waters off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War and veterans who served in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone and were exposed to Agent Orange. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act has the full support of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and many other Veteran Service Organizations. 

“All across the Lowcountry, I’ve heard from veterans who are suffering from long-term illnesses as a result of Agent Orange exposure but are not eligible to receive VA benefits for their ailments,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “For forty years, Vietnam veterans afflicted by toxic exposure under the government’s watch have been denied the benefits and care they are owed. Today, the House took the first step to righting this wrong and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to follow our lead.”

In April, Cunningham helped introduce the Keeping Our Promises Act, which would aid veterans suffering from long-term ailments as a result of Agent Orange expose by adding several conditions to the VA’s list of covered illnesses, helping veterans receive the care, services, and benefits they are owed.