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(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) sent a letter signed by 83 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives from both sides of the political aisle to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis strongly opposing a July 12 policy change from the Department of Defense (DOD) that would prevent service members with greater than 16 years of service from transferring their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible family members. The letter was also signed by Representatives John B.
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, is pushing the House to act on legislation that would restore access to VA benefits for Blue Water Navy veterans exposed to Agent Orange and other toxins during the Vietnam War.
Blue Water Navy veterans, those who served on ships in the territorial seas of Vietnam, are not eligible for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs related to Agent Orange or other herbicide exposure.
"The clock is ticking for these veterans," Courtney said by phone Wednesday.
Congressman Courtney To Host Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony In Honor Of Veterans
On October 19, 2017, Congressman Courtney will be hosting a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony to honor all United States Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of location.