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Washington, DC— Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22), sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee urging the consideration of 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Fleet Reserve Association, Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc., and the Blue Water Navy Association.

On June 25, 2018, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 299 and sent the legislation to the Senate for further consideration.

“The 22nd District is home to more than 55,000 veterans, and it is my top priority to ensure they receive access to high-quality care. During the Vietnam War, more than 20 million gallons of the herbicide ‘Agent Orange’ was sprayed to remove jungle foliage, causing health complications for Blue Water Navy Veterans,” said Rep. Tenney.  “In 2002, the VA stopped giving benefits to those veterans, causing significant complications for our nation’s heroes. I urge the Senate to pass this key legislation, ensuring the coverage our veterans deserve is restored.”

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.

 

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