Rep. Susie Lee Hosts Blue Water Navy Veterans BBQ Celebration
Henderson, Nev. – Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) hosted a barbecue for southern Nevada veterans to celebrate the passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which finally gives Blue Water Navy Veterans, who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, the health benefits needed to treat long standing health conditions caused by this exposure. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Lee co-sponsored and helped pass H.R. 299, which was signed into law by the President in July 2019.
“Although getting the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act passed into law was a major accomplishment, my fight for Veterans and the benefits they deserve doesn’t end with this bill,” said Rep. Lee. “Early this month, Congressman Steve Watkins of Kansas and I introduced the Leave No Veteran Behind Act, a bill that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to reach out to Veterans who have not had contact within two or more years to make sure they’re aware of and have access to the comprehensive medical services they’re entitled to.
“Every day in this country, twenty veterans die by suicide, and the rate is even higher for women Veterans in Nevada and across western states,” Rep. Lee added. “Of those twenty veterans, fourteen of them didn’t get to see the VA in over two years. Veterans dealing with PTSD and other mental health issues need to know that they are not in this alone, and that there are medical, mental health, and support services available to them that can help. Our veterans have earned our full support, and this bipartisan bill shows exactly that.”