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President Trump Signs Blue Water Navy Benefits Bill

Long-sought legislation that will extend disability benefits to about 90,000 veterans who served off Vietnam’s coast during the war was signed into law June 25 by President Donald Trump.

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 will extend the presumption of exposure to toxic defoliants such as Agent Orange to these servicemembers, which will allow them to receive care for types of cancer and other illnesses linked to these chemicals. MOAA and other veteran service organizations, including Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Fleet Reserve Association, have championed the bill, which failed to clear Congress in previous sessions.

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