Veterans Affairs Committee Report – week 12, 2017

HF 584 – Federal jurisdiction of Agent Orange claims



HF 584 repeals obsolete sections of Iowa Code Chapter 36 relating to duties of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs in reporting Iowa veterans’ exposure to Agent Orange. The 1991 federal Agent Orange Act established a presumption of service connection. It authorized the Veterans Administration to contract with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to review and summarize the scientific evidence concerning the association between exposures to herbicides used in military operations in Vietnam and report each disease suspected to be associated with that exposure. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs now receives and processes veterans’ claims for exposure to Agent Orange and other chemicals defoliants and herbicides.
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