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Text of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on February 6, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 6, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 543

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Walz, Mr. Massie, Mr. Holt, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Tierney, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Rahall, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Schwartz, Mr. Young of Florida, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Courtney, Ms. Norton, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Bridenstine, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Griffin of Arkansas, Mr. Rush, Mr. Braley of Iowa, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Himes, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Grimm, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Michaud, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Polis, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. King of New York, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Welch, Mr. Israel, and Mr. Larson of Connecticut) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013 .

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.