Magazine article VFW Magazine

Bill Would Expand Eligibility for Korea DMZ Veterans Exposed to Toxic Herbicides

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Bill Would Expand Eligibility for Korea DMZ Veterans Exposed to Toxic Herbicides

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Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) in July introduced H.R. 3605, Fairness for Korean War DMZ Veterans Act of 2017, which would expand the start time of eligibility for disability compensation for those who served near the war zone from Sept. 1, 1967 to Aug. 31, 1971. The current start time is April 1, 1968.

"Due to direct exposure to these toxic herbicides, Korea DMZ veterans now suffer from conditions directly linked to Agent Orange," VFW National Legislative Services Associate Director Ken Wiseman said. "While many of these veterans are provided presumptive disability compensation for their service-connected disabilities, hundreds of them are unjustly required to prove individual exposure, which is almost impossible to do nearly 50 years after the incident.

"The VFW has received an outpouring of evidence from our members proving that an earlier date is merited. …

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