Wednesday, July 23, 2008

House Bill 6562

110TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION H. R. 6562

To amend title 38, United States Code, relating to presumptions of exposure
for veterans who served in the vicinity of Vietnam.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. FILNER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
Committee on

A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, relating to presumptions of exposure for veterans who served in the vicinity of Vietnam.
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 ‘‘Agent Orange Equity Act’’.

SEC. 2. CLARIFICATION OF PRESUMPTIONS OF EXPOSURE FOR VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THE VICINITY OF VIETNAM.
Effective on and after September 25, 1985, subsections (a) and (f) of section 1116 of title 38, United States Code, are each amended by inserting after ‘‘Republic of Vietnam’’ each place it appears the following: ‘‘including the inland waterways of such Republic, the waters offshore of such Republic, and the airspace above such Republic’’.

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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6 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:23

    Looks like "MORE OF THE SAME SOS"

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  2. Anonymous10:45

    I'm not sure what the first comment was supposed to mean. We will soon see what happens "in committee" In that the chairman of said committee is also the sponser of the bill, it shouldn't linger there too long. If it stays lost in committee, will will know Mr Filner is a phony....which I doubt.

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  3. Sorry Anonymous, you are dead wrong. HR 6562 changes the language in the original location of Title 38 to include both Blue Sky Air Force and Blue Water Navy Veterans in the definition of Service in Vietnam. This overrides the recent court decision in the Haas case, and everything the DVA has done, and forces them to begin processing our claims, as soon as the bill is enacted.

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  4. Anonymous11:38

    When does Rep Filner plan to introduce this bill to Congress and How long might it take to make it Law?

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  5. Congressman Filner introduced the bill yesterday.

    We need to work hard to get the bill enacted with a veto-proof margin in the Senate before the Election.

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  6. Anonymous22:24

    I, for one, plan to make sure my claim (Diabetes, Prostate Cancer) is up-to-date and that I have all the supporting documentation I need (or MAY need). In the event the DVA tries to throw any crap about "inside the 12-mile limit" (as if NGFS could be performed any further out from a DD) I have log entries showing times the ship actually was inport at Vung Tau, Cam Rhan Bay, and Danang. I'd advise everyone else who has a claim in to do the same. If you don't have a claim in........I'd say "get hot!"

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