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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 422

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.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                           February 16, 2017

 Mrs. Gillibrand (for herself, Mr. Daines, Mr. Tester, Mr. Crapo, Mr. 
Markey, Ms. Murkowski, Ms. Warren, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Leahy, Ms. Klobuchar, 
 Ms. Heitkamp, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Wyden, Mr. 
 Casey, Mr. Kaine, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Warner, Mr. Peters, Mr. Menendez, 
Mr. Portman, Mr. Blunt, and Mr. Rounds) introduced the following bill; 
which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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                                 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 2017''.

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.
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