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Jun 13, 2019

On Senate Floor, Tester Hails Passage of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

Bipartisan bill now heads to President’s desk for signature

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to hail the passage of his bipartisan Blue Water Navy Veterans Act.

As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Tester worked alongside Chairman Johnny Isakson of Georgia to ensure that Vietnam Veterans living with the effects of exposure to Agent Orange receive the VA benefits and care they have earned.

"This victory is for the folks that were exposed to Agent Orange- which has caused real problems amongst the men and women who were exposed to it," Tester said on the Senate floor. "Today, I say thank you to the U.S. Senate and to the folks that were able to push this bill through, because it rights a wrong perpetrated by a government that ignored them for far too long... Under the leadership of Chairman Johnny Isakson, we are delivering on our commitment to justice for the Blue Water Navy veterans in Montana and across the country who sacrificed to keep us safe and free."

For years, Tester has fought tirelessly in Congress to extend VA benefits to these Vietnam veterans. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act changes current law to guarantee that veterans who served off the shores of Vietnam and were exposed to toxins such as Agent Orange, can access treatment and receive benefits from the VA. Currently, only veterans who served within the borders of Vietnam can access health care and benefits related to their Agent Orange exposure.

The bill is supported by the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMVETS, and Military Order of the Purple Heart.

The Blue Water Navy Veterans Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 14th and now heads to the president's desk for signature.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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