Navy vets exposed to Agent Orange get new hope for benefits

It would clarify that VA disability benefits provided to Vietnam Veterans based on a presumption they were exposed to Agent Orange include veterans who served on ships that patrolled the Vietnam.

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The final legal battle for blue water navy veterans to get VA disability benefits for exposure to cancer-causing Agent Orange appears to be over. More than 90,000 veterans who could have been exposed to the toxin during the Vietnam War are now in line for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration after the Justice Department dropped its appeal of a federal court decision from earlier this year.

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Once an ailment is put on the list, the VA presumes the veteran who served in Vietnam got sick as a result of being exposed to Agent Orange, and the veteran is more likely to get disability benefits. For veterans who qualify for disability and their survivors who are entitled to death benefits, the payments can mean thousands of dollars a year.

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A bipartisan push in Congress on a bill to get Agent Orange benefits for "Blue Water Navy" veterans of Vietnam gained traction Wednesday from a court ruling that went against opposition from the.

 · navy vets exposed to Agent Orange get new hope for benefits Peter Urban May 15, 2019 WASHINGTON – For the second time in as many years, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill that could make tens of thousands of Navy vets and their survivors eligible for benefits stemming from exposure to Agent Orange while serving in waters off Vietnam.

Advocates hope to restart debate over benefits for blue water Navy vets. But the blue water veterans – who served on ships off the coast of the country – still must prove they were directly exposed to Agent Orange for their illnesses to be labeled as service-connected. In many cases, collecting scientific evidence of the presence of the chemical on or near the ships is impossible, given the decades that have passed.

Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure.