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Agent Orange in Thailand

From: Stephen Whitehead, DAV National Commander and Diane J. Franz, DAVA National Commander <commanders@davcan.org>
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 9:21 am
Subject: S. 657, Agent Orange in Thailand


Dear Marc,

Please take action today to join DAV in our support of S. 657, legislation that would concede Agent Orange exposure to veterans who served at any military installation in Thailand from January 9, 1962 to June 30, 1976.

During the Vietnam War, more than 40,000 gallons of Agent Orange were used in Thailand, yet the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not automatically recognize all veterans who served there as being exposed to this toxin. VA’s adjudication manual only acknowledges herbicide exposure for veterans with specific military occupational specialties who served on the perimeter of eight specific Thai Bases.   

657 would automatically concede herbicide exposure for all veterans who served at military installations in Thailand, regardless of the base, duty on the perimeter or military occupational specialty. These veterans would be eligible for VA health care and presumptive service-connected benefits due to their Agent Orange exposure.

DAV Resolution No. 362 supports the inclusion of herbicide exposure to veterans who served at military installations in Thailand. Please contact your Senators to request they co-sponsor S. 657 to provide these men and women with the benefits they have earned.

Thank you for your support.

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