Harder to Host Workshop for Vietnam Veterans Struggling with Agent Orange-Related Diseases

September 4, 2019
Press Release
Workshop Will Help Navy, Coast Guard Vets And Spouses Access Disability Benefits That Were Denied for over Four Decades

Modesto, CA – Next week, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) and the Stanislaus County Veterans Service Office will host a workshop to help local Vietnam Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange but have been denied their benefits for decades. For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has not covered Agent Orange-related health problems, including cancer, for some Navy veterans who served in Vietnam. Rep. Harder cosponsored and worked to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act into law earlier this year. The bill will guarantee that these veterans get the medical care they deserve

Veterans who served on the ground or on rivers during the Vietnam War already had access to health care benefits for cancer and other conditions caused by Agent Orange, but Navy veterans who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam did not enjoy the same protections. The workshop will help veterans and their spouses apply for their newly-available benefits. Rep. Harder will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help walk each veteran in attendance through the new benefits and application process.

 

Blue Water Navy Veterans Workshop | RSVP

Friday, September 13, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

3500 Coffee Road, Suite 15, Modesto