15 May 2019 09:03AM
WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) applauded House passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored, H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which extends benefits to service members that served in the territorial waters off the coast of Vietnam and were exposed to Agent Orange.
“I am pleased to join my colleagues in voting to right this historical wrong and do right by our nation’s Vietnam War Veterans,” said Delgado. “I have heard from veterans across the Nineteenth District about the need to address this issue and ensure these U.S. veterans get the benefits they earned more than forty years ago. Service to our nation can never be repaid, but last night the House took steps to ensure thousands of service members receive benefits they earned and deserve.”
Rep. Delgado’s first piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives was the bipartisan Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act to provide the surviving spouse of a service-disabled veteran with federal contracting preference as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). In March, the House passed the Delgado-backed Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act. On March 17, Rep. Delgado wrote an op-ed in the Times-Herald Record on the importance of access to health services for U.S. veterans.