WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its decision this week to review the cases of 17,000 "Brown Water" and other Vietnam-era veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange. "Brown Water" vets are those who served in the inlets and inland waterways of Vietnam, where the use of Agent Orange was prevalent, while a "Blue Water" classification denotes service outside of affected areas. Senator Harkin, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, is a cosponsor of S. 1939, the Agent Orange Equity Act, which was designed to address cases of veterans who served in inland waterways and other areas of Vietnam who were denied benefits despite evidence of Agent Orange exposure.
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