Latest "veterans toxic exposure" stories
Veterans Affairs officials won't start processing the cases until next January, upsetting some advocates.
The measure had been stalled on Capitol Hill for several weeks, as court moves took precedence for advocates.
A new coalition hopes to find answers on issues of burn pits, base water contamination, and other toxic chemical contaminations.
The move all but ends a years long legal fight over presumptive benefits for up to 90,000 Vietnam veterans.