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Introduced in House (02/13/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 969


To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 2015

Mr. Gibson (for himself, Mr. Palazzo, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Lance, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Cramer, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Rothfus, Mr. Massie, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Williams, Mr. Schiff, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Rush, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Himes, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Jones, Mr. Courtney, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Delaney, Mr. Sires, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. McDermott, Mrs. Bustos, Ms. DelBene, Ms. Norton, Mr. Neal, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Griffith, Mr. Cook, Mr. Amodei, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Nugent, Mr. Forbes, Ms. Sinema, Mr. Sablan, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Ms. Esty, Mr. Veasey, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Peters, Ms. Frankel of Florida, Mr. Carter of Texas, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Jolly, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Ashford, Mr. Polis, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Tsongas, Ms. Lee, Mr. Murphy of Florida, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Honda, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Walz, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Curbelo of Florida, Mr. Joyce, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Latta, Miss Rice of New York, Mr. Reed, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Barletta, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Higgins, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Israel, Mr. Bridenstine, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Neugebauer, Ms. Meng, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Heck of Washington, Mr. Ross, Mr. Marino, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Benishek, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Simpson, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Byrne, Mr. Yoder, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Cole, Mr. Loudermilk, Mr. Jenkins of West Virginia, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Olson, Mr. Renacci, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Mr. Hardy, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Babin, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Nolan, Mr. Webster of Florida, and Ms. DeGette) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015”.

SEC. 2. Clarification of presumptions of exposure for veterans who served in vicinity of Republic of Vietnam.

(a) Compensation.—Subsections (a)(1) and (f) of section 1116 of title 38, United States Code, are amended by inserting “(including the territorial seas of such Republic)” after “served in the Republic of Vietnam” each place it appears.

(b) Health care.—Section 1710(e)(4) of such title is amended by inserting “(including the territorial seas of such Republic)” after “served on active duty in the Republic of Vietnam”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall take effect as of September 25, 1985.