WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC4 News)- Utah Senator Mike Lee is a busy man in Washington. His First Step Act which reforms the Federal Criminal Justice System just passed and he also had a hand in preventing a bill from passing that would help Navy veterans.
“Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans” have been fighting to get access to the same “Agent Orange” benefits as land-based Vietnam vets, but the Senate denied that from happening.
The House had passed the bill earlier this month by a “Voice Vote”.
Senator Lee said the VA is currently undertaking a study slotted to be released in the early months of 2019 that examines the myriad of health factors in Vietnam veterans that specifically include a subsample of “Blue Water Navy Veterans”.
“It’s only right and only reasonable that Congress should examine this study before making any presumption of a service connection for all ‘Blue Water Navy Veterans’ from this war,” Sen. Lee said.
Now the veterans who have been fighting for years to receive the benefits will have to wait until next year when lawmakers will have to try again.