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H.R. 2201: To modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 10, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2201

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 10, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Panetta, Mr. Gianforte, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Gallagher, Ms. Speier, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. Blunt Rochester, Mr. Hill of Arkansas, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Deutch, and Mr. Thompson of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes.

1.

Modification of presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall ensure that if the Secretary creates a presumption of service connection between the occurrence of a disease and exposure to a herbicide agent while serving in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam era at a military base in Thailand, such presumption also applies to exposure to a herbicide agent while serving in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam era at any military base located in Thailand without regard to where on the base the veteran was located or what military job specialty the veteran performed.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Herbicide agent

The term herbicide agent has the meaning given such term in section 1116(a) of title 38, United States Code.

(2)

Veteran and vietnam era

The terms veteran and Vietnam era have the meaning given such terms in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.