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Dennis A. Ross

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Ross Asks VA Secretary to Help Agent Orange-Stricken Veterans

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Washington, March 3, 2017 | comments

Ross Asks VA Secretary to Help Agent Orange-Stricken Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C., Mar. 3, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after sending a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, asking the VA to help veterans suffering from diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure while stationed in Guam during the Vietnam War:

It is an absolute shame that we have veterans who sacrificed their lives for us but are unable to receive any help for their suffering as a result of that sacrifice. Because the DOD does not acknowledge using Agent Orange outside of Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, veterans who served in Guam and suffer from life-threatening diseases associated with Agent Orange or other dangerous herbicide exposure during their service do not qualify for exposure presumption status for VA benefits. To provide these courageous veterans the benefits they deserve and so desperately need, I introduced the FOSTER Act, which would grant them presumption status with the VA.  

“While the passage of the FOSTER Act is needed to grant presumption status, I have also sent a letter to VA Secretary Shulkin to ask what the VA can do in the meantime to help our selfless veterans in need of our support. We need to be looking at all avenues and options to provide relief, including our VA claims process, expedition of appeals of denied claims, and providing Congressional research and information to assist in establishing exposure presumption. I will continue fighting for not only the passage of the FOSTER Act, but also for the proper support for our veterans by the VA and Congress. I will not stop until they receive the help we owe them.”  

 

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