H. R. 2254
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 5, 2009
Mr. Filner (for himself, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Kagen, Mr. Latham, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Hall of New York, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Pastor of Arizona, Mr. Ortiz, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Platts) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Agent Orange Equity Act of
Clarification of presumptions of exposure for veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam
Section 1116 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—
(a)(1) and (f), by striking
a veteran who, during active military,
naval, or air service, served in the Republic of Vietnam during the period
beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975 and inserting
a veteran described in subsection (g); and
by adding at the end the following new subsection:
A veteran described in this subsection is a veteran who—
during active military, naval, or air service—
served in the Republic of Vietnam (including the inland waterways, ports, and harbors of such Republic, the waters offshore of such Republic, and the airspace above such Republic) during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975; or
served in Johnston Island during the period beginning on April 1, 1972, and ending on September 30, 1977; or
received the Vietnam Service Medal or the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect as of September 25, 1985.