This bipartisan bill allows South Korean immigrants who served in the armed forces of the Republic of Korea alongside American troops during the Vietnam War to access health care services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, paid for by the Korean government
WASHINGTON – The bipartisan Korean American VALOR Act introduced by Senator Mike Braun and Senator Mazie Hirono has been signed into law. This legislation will allow the approximately 3,000 Korean American Vietnam War veterans that have since become naturalized American citizens to enroll in VA healthcare paid for by the South Korean government.
The House companion was led by Representative Mark Takano, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The bill passed the House of Representatives in May.
“I am pleased to announce that the bipartisan Korean American Valor Act has been signed into law. The men and women who bravely fought alongside U.S. troops and have become American citizens will now have access to the care and benefits they deserve.” – Senator Mike Braun
“Thanks to the Korean American VALOR Act, approximately 3,000 Korean American veterans in Hawaii and across the country will be able to access medical services through the VA. I am glad President Biden has signed our legislation into law, to help ensure our veterans have access to the quality VA healthcare they need and deserve.”– Senator Mazie Hirono
“Today, the United States is a step closer to ensuring every veteran can receive the care and services they have rightfully earned. Heroes who served alongside our military in Vietnam now qualify for the same benefits as their American counterparts. I applaud President Biden to opening the VA to more veterans who have served to defend our country.”—Rep. Mark Takano, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
- Korea will reimburse the U.S. for healthcare services VA furnishes to Korean American veterans. In exchange, the U.S. will reimburse Korea for the healthcare it provides to veterans of the U.S. armed forces residing in Korea.
- The U.S. has established reciprocal agreements with the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. Veterans from these nations do not need to be U.S. citizens to be eligible for care, and VA has the authority to treat veterans of any combat era.
View bill text here.
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