H.R.566 - Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] (Introduced 01/15/2019)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 02/01/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.566 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (01/15/2019)
Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act
This bill expands eligibility for a presumption of service-connection for veterans exposed to certain herbicide agents (e.g., Agent Orange) during military service in Vietnam. Specifically, the bill removes the manifestation period required for the presumption of service-connection for chloracne and porphyria cutanea tarda.
Additionally, the bill provides statutory authority for a presumption of service-connection for certain cases of acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy without a manifestation period.
Under a presumption of service-connection, specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans are presumed to have been caused by the circumstances of their military service. Health care benefits and disability compensation may then be awarded.