Washington, D.C. –The House of Representatives has passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act – legislation Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) cosponsored that expands benefits for Vietnam Blue Water Navy veterans who are currently suffering from diseases they developed as a result of their service.
“Our district is home to more veterans than any district in New York State, and our offices know firsthand the frustrations that the Blue Water vets are facing trying to get the benefits they need and deserve,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21). “Our brave veterans served heroically and we should never leave them behind. I am pleased that House Leadership has heard our call to pass this critical veterans bill to ensure our Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans receive the benefits they have earned. I thank Susie Belanger from my district for her tireless advocacy on this issue, and I urge the Senate to swiftly follow suit and send this to the President’s desk.”
“Thank you Rep. Stefanik for supporting H.R. 299,” said Susie Belanger, Blue Water Navy Association. “Passage of this bill will affect many constituents of mine as well as veterans across the United States. When these honorable veterans took an oath to defend this nation at all costs -- including their lives -- our country made a promise to care for them when they returned. This bill makes our Congress accountable in keeping that promise. The Vietnam veterans have always fought for agent Orange and PTSD, paving the way for future warriors so they do not have to fight decades for their earned and deserved benefits. God bless them for not only standing up for themselves but all veterans.”
H.R. 299 is endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc., the Fleet Reserve Association, the Blue Water Navy Association, and the Vietnam Veterans Association.
More information about H.R. 299 including a summary of the legislation and bill text can be found here.