Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) applauds the passage of the Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018.
In a 382-0 vote, the House unanimously passed legislation that will extend the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to approximately 90,000 sailors referred to as the “Blue Water” Navy Veterans, who served off the coast during the Vietnam War aboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other ships through which the sailors have long claimed exposed them to the deadly Agent Orange.
The bill must still be approved Senate before going to the president. Once passed into law, H.R. 299 will also reinstate VA benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans who had their disability eligibility taken away in 2002 after regulatory changes.
“Ensuring that all veterans are receiving accessible, proper benefits and health care is one of our nation's most important responsibilities. There is no greater sacrifice than choosing to serve your country. In my district alone, there are over 50,000 veterans– and thousands more in each of yours – they all deserve the very best for the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Congressman Renacci.