Agent Orange bill passes in US House

Politics

WASHINGTON – The US House has passed a bill to extend health benefits to Vietnam War Veterans who’ve been trying for years to prove they were exposed to Agent Orange in Southeast Asia. 

The Blue Water Navy Act would grant VA benefits to sailors who served aboard aircraft carriers, destroyers, and other ships and who had been classified ineligible for the same disability benefits as those who served on the ground. 

Agent Orange, a herbicide used by US troops in Vietnam, has been found to cause cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and more. 

This bill now heads to the Senate. 

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