Summary: H.R.2186 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/28/1987)

Directs the Administrator of Veterans Affairs to provide to certain persons who served during the Vietnam era as overseas volunteers a medical examination to determine if such individuals have any adverse health effects as a result of such service due to exposure to phenoxy herbicides or other herbicides. Provides that all individuals eligible for such medical examinations shall also be treated as veterans for purposes of eligibility for veterans' readjustment counseling. Terminates the eligibility for such medical examinations and counseling three years after the enactment of this Act.

Requires the President to direct the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Administrator of Veterans Affairs to submit to the appropriate committees of the Congress a joint report on the question of U.S. Government responsibility for providing such volunteer personnel with health care and compensation for disabilities related to their service in Vietnam during the Vietnam era. Requires such report to be submitted to the Comptroller General for review and comments before submission to the Congress. Requires such report to be submitted within one year after the enactment of this Act.

Directs the Administrator to determine whether women who served during the Vietnam era as overseas volunteer support personnel have experienced long-term adverse health effects (especially gender-specific adverse health effects) from either traumatic experiences during such service or from exposure to phenoxy herbicides or other chemicals during such service. Directs the Administrator, while making such determination, to consider the results of a similar study required under the Veterans' Health-Care Amendments of 1986, and to submit a report on the results of such study to the Congress not later than one year after the first report required under such Act is submitted.