However, those who served in Thailand are offered no such presumption. Thailand veterans have to make their case to the VA, proving exposure — and they say that case can be difficult to make sometimes.
“We’re the stepchildren of the Vietnam War because we weren’t in country in the Vietnam War,” Bob McHenry, 72, of Centerville, recently told Cox Media Group Ohio.
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The bill was introduced in May by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. It has been read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
“All veterans exposed to Agent Orange, or other toxic chemicals during their military service, should have access to care and benefits,” Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement late Monday. “These veterans are being denied benefits because of where they served. It’s time to make this right.”
Air Force veteran Paul Skinner said Brown’s office called him Monday and told him the senator will co-sponsor the bill.