Rep. Tipton: Agent Orange Compensation for Vietnam-era Veterans is Past Due
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in support of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. The bill would allow for compensation to Vietnam-era veterans who suffered afflictions caused from exposure to Agent Orange and other detrimental herbicides used during the war.
“Veterans served in the military with the understanding they would receive fair compensation for any injuries or illnesses as a result of their service,” said Tipton. “Unfortunately, a growing number of veterans have not been able to get care they are owed solely because they never stepped on land during the Vietnam War. It’s well past time to correct this issue and I am glad to support this bill.”
H.R. 299 would increase disability coverage for servicemembers who were at sea during the Vietnam War within 12 nautical miles of land. The bill also expands coverage to children born of parents who served in Thailand and veterans who were stationed on the Korean DMZ. Tipton was a co-sponsor of the legislation which can be found here.