VA announced in September that it
has expanded its list of ships that served in areas of Vietnam that now qualify for dis
ability compensation due to Agent Orange herbicide exposure.
served on the ships between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, can file VA claims for 15
medical conditions VA presumes to have been caused by Agent Orange exposure.
They can find the list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships at
Vets also can call
Special Issues Helpline at 1-800-749-8387 and press 3.
with the three conditions (Parkinson's disease, various chronic B-cell leukemia and
ischemic heart disease) VA added to the Agent Orange presumptive list last year can file
According to VA's
announcement, "Service onboard ships anchored in an open-water harbor, such as Da
Nang Harbor, or on ships on other open waters around Vietnam during the war, is not
considered sufficient for the presumption of Agent Orange exposure Veterans interested
in obtaining deck logs can contact the National Archives at College Park, Md., at
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