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Introduced in House (02/01/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 809


To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions of service-connection relating to the exposure to herbicides of certain veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam Era, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 1, 2017

Mr. Ross 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 of service-connection relating to the exposure to herbicides of certain veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam Era, 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 “Fighting for Orange-Stricken Territories in the Eastern Region Act”.

SEC. 2. Clarification of presumptions of service-connection for veterans exposed to certain herbicides while serving in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam Era.

(a) Compensation.—Section 1116 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(g) In this section, the term ‘Republic of Vietnam’ includes each of the following:

“(1) The territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam.

“(2) Guam.

“(3) The Northern Mariana Islands.

“(4) American Samoa.”.

(b) Health care.—Section 1710(e)(4) of such title is amended—

(1) by striking “subsection—” and inserting “subsection:”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(C) The term ‘Republic of Vietnam’ has the meaning given such term in section 1116(g) of this title.”.

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