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Blue Water Vietnam Veterans May Now Be Eligible for Agent Orange Disability Benefits!

Background: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans are now entitled to a presumption of service connection for conditions related to Agent Orange exposure. This extension of the presumption is a result of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, signed into law on June 25, 2019. The law takes effect January 1, 2020. Veterans who can show they served within the 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 may be eligible for disability benefits. A survivor of a Veteran affected by this decision may also be entitled to certain survivor benefits. Complete the contact form below so we can help you today.

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Cancers that are believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange

  • Chronic B-cell leukemia
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Respiratory cancers (including lung cancer)
  • Soft tissue sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

Other illnesses that are believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange

  • AL amyloidosis
  • Chloracne (or other types of acneiform disease like it)
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy, early onset
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda

A FEW FAQs

  • Do I need to prove contact with Agent Orange? – No
  • I have been denied in the past, can I file again?  – Yes
  • What happens if the Veteran dies before his or her claim is decided?
    • If the claimant dies while his or her claim is pending, a living dependent, such as a spouse or child, may file a request to be substituted as the claimant.