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House panel supports Agent Orange coverage for ‘Blue Water’ Navy veterans

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WASHINGTON — House lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday to extend Agent Orange benefits to approximately 90,000 sailors who served off the coast during the Vietnam War.

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted unanimously to send a bill to the full House that would provide benefits to “Blue Water” Navy veterans, who were aboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other ships and potentially exposed to Agent Orange. The dioxin-laden herbicide has been found to cause respiratory cancers, Parkinson’s disease and heart disease, as well as other conditions. https://www.stripes.com/news/house-panel-supports-agent-orange-coverage-for-blue-water-navy-veterans-1.525948

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