To the Editor:
There is a new House bill, HR-543, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.
This bill was introduced to the 113th Congress by Congressman Gibson of New York.
The bill, if passed, would afford VA benefits to all U.S. naval personnel engaged in the Vietnam War who served at sea, never having boots on the ground for Agent Orange exposure.
In submitting a VA claim for Agent Orange exposure, the veteran must show proof of naval service in the territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam.
In addition, proof is needed for medical history for one or more acceptable diseases recognized by the VA for exposure. A copy of the veteran's DD-214 must be submitted with VA claim.
We veterans need help from the American people. We need public support for action. We ask you to urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor the bill.
Without public support, nothing happens.
Also, go to www.causes.com in the search box type Agent Orange Act, page down to the title, and sign the petition.
John J. Bury
Ret. U.S. Navy