Daines, Gillibrand Demand No Further Delays for Blue Water Veterans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter urging Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to reverse his decision to delay benefits by another six months to the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans.

“This is a disheartening and unnecessary action,” the senators wrote. “Delaying these benefits for another six month without specific and valid cause only adds insult to these veterans, many of whom have been waiting for these benefits for seventeen years.”

To read the full letter, click HERE.

Daines and Gillibrand have been leading the fight for Blue Water Veterans in the Senate since 2015.


Daines has been fighting for Blue Water Veterans since elected to Congress.

His more recent actions in the 116th Congress include:

On June 13th, 2019, Daines celebrated his bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act unanimously passing the U.S. Senate and heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

On April 17th, 2019 Daines renewed efforts to secure disability and health care benefits for the Blue Water Navy veterans.

On February 19th, 2019, Daines and Gillibrand wrote U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie urging him to ensure all of the blue water veterans have timely access to the care and benefits they have earned.