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Sen. Sherrod Brown will co-sponsor a bill that would more readily extend Veterans Affairs benefits to Vietnam War-era veterans who served in Thailand and suffered exposure to herbicides.

The bill — Senate Bill 1381 — would modify the presumption of a service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the U.S. armed forces in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

American soldiers, Marines and airmen who served in Vietnam enjoy a nearly automatic VA presumption that they were exposed to these herbicides, sometimes popularly called “Agent Orange.” That presumption makes it easier for them to win crucial benefits.