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Agent Orange and Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

There are benefits available to Veterans who were in a war-time period, mental health benefits and more. This article is going to focus on Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange are eligible to disability compensation.

The eligibility requirements include:

  • Presumptive diseases - Assume that certain cancers and other illnesses are caused by Agent Orange.
  • Presumptive exposure - Assume that Veterans who served in certain locations were exposed to Agent Orange.
The disability compensation includes Blue Water Navy. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 states that anyone who served aboard ships in the open waters off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War are now presumed to be exposed to Agent Orange. If your claim was denied in the past, you can file a new claim based on Public Law 116-23.

The cancers and other illnesses caused by Agent Orange are extensive. Some illnesses include diabetes mellitus type 2, ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, peripheral neuropathy, porphyria cutanea tarda, AL amyloidosis, chloracne (or other types of Acneiform disease) and more.

If you believe you or your loved one has an illness caused by Agent Orange exposure you must file a claim for VA disability benefits. You will need to submit more documents and evidence. Please contact your local Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) for assistance and guidance. The McHenry County VAC can be contacted at 815-334-4229.

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