Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement on Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement in response to the final passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, in the U.S. House of Representatives last night:
“Last night, the House reaffirmed its support for America’s veterans by unanimously passing H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017. This legislation, which I co-sponsored, allows veterans who were exposed to “Agent Orange” in Vietnam to qualify for expedited medical care and disability compensation. The brave warriors who served in the Vietnam War have had their claims denied by the VA far too often, despite the fact that they were exposed to Agent Orange while serving their country. For the VA to deny treatment was unfair; America’s veterans deserved better. With the passage of H.R. 299, these heroes, and their children — many of whom suffered complications in utero from Agent Orange — will finally be able to get the care they need and deserve. This legislation is long overdue. I am glad it passed, and hope that it will rapidly pass through the Senate and to the President’s desk to be signed into law,” Rep. Gaetz said.