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VA Lists Ships Exposed to Agent Orange

Posted by Richard Ames on September 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM


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VA Lists Ships Exposed to Agent Orange

Veterans who served aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships operating on the waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, may be eligible to receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation for 14 medical conditions associated with presumptive exposure to Agent Orange. An updated list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships confirmed to have operated on Vietnam's inland waterways, docked on shore, or had crewmembers sent ashore, has been posted at the VA Public Health Agent Orange webpage to assist Vietnam veterans in determining potential eligibility for compensation benefits. For questions about Agent Orange and the online list of ships, veterans may call VA's Special Issues Helpline at 1-800-749-8387 and press 3. For more information, read the VA press release.

For a full rundown of veteran military benefits, visit the Veterans Benefits Center.

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Reply Richard Ames
4:20 PM on September 12, 2011 
Yes, All WHEC's crews serving in Vietnam 62-75 are classified as presumptive exposure to Agent Orange. For more details follow the links in the article.
Reply Roger Lumibao
8:48 AM on September 15, 2011 
The word is presumptive. Last year when I tried filling a claim for exposure to Agent Orange the VA declined it.Told me they were not excepting any claims unless you have medical records that can directly prove it is the cause for your disability. You probably seen the pages of illness that Agent Orange can cause but for most people to say I got cancer and it is from Agent Orange I not sure the VA wiill give you any disability. Maybe ten years back it was alittle easier. I've had a claim going on for almost 2 years now and they keep sending me letters saying they haven forgotten me still working on it.