Working 4 You: Legislation Introduced to Fix Agent Orange Loophole

WASHINGTON -- Legislation has been introduced that would let veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War-era to quality for federal benefits due to Agent Orange exposure.

Back in July, Working 4 You's Marci Manley highlighted the struggle of five veterans looking for federal help.

The legislation was introduced by U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas and Indiana Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly.

“Limiting consideration of a veteran’s claim is misguided, especially considering the VA determined that herbicides were used on fenced-in perimeters of military bases in Thailand. This will eliminate the unreasonable burden on veterans to prove toxic exposure,” Boozman said.

VA currently awards service-connected benefits for exposure to toxic chemicals to veterans whose duties placed them on or near the perimeters of Thai military bases from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975, according to a news release from Sen. Boozman. This restriction arbitrarily disqualifies veterans who may otherwise be able to prove their exposure.


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