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Former VA secretaries spar over ‘blue water’ Navy benefits | Military Times
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Former VA secretaries spar over ‘blue water’ Navy benefits | Military Times

WASHINGTON — The fight over extending benefits to “blue water” veteranswho served on ships off the coast of Vietnam is now pitting former Veterans Affairs secretaries against each other, adding to the confusion over Congress’ next steps.

Last week, four former VA secretaries — Anthony Principi, Jim Nicholson, James Peake and Bob McDonald — wrote to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee urging lawmakers not to grant presumptive illness status to roughly 90,000 blue water veterans who claim exposure to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange, saying there is insufficient proof for their cases.

Source: Former VA secretaries spar over ‘blue water’ Navy benefits | Military Times