Representative Thomas McArthur (NJ) and Senator Jerry Moran (KS) introduced H.R. 3605 and S. 2038, respectively, the Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans Act of 2017.
Currently, VA regulations provide that any veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, in a unit that, as determined by the Department of Defense, operated in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) in an area in which herbicides are known to have been applied during that period, shall be presumed to have been exposed during such service to an herbicide agent.
This bill would define the exposure to herbicides as a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in or near the Korean DMZ, during the period beginning on September 1, 1967, and ending on August 31, 1971.
In accordance with DAV Resolution No. 025, we support this legislation to recognize September 1, 1967 as the earliest date for exposure to herbicides on the Korean DMZ. This change will provide veterans greater equity with respect to herbicide exposure and the presumptive diseases associated with it.
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