More veterans who were exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War would be eligible for treatment and benefits, under a measure now pending before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
The Keeping Our Promises Act would add nine such presumptions to the list, based on research conducted by the National Academy of Medicine. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ariz., sponsored the measure, H.R. 2200, which has bipartisan support. Many service members who were exposed to Agent Orange have contracted numerous cancers, digestive problems, and other maladies.