Posted January 23rd, 2012 by USNavySeals
Forty-seven vessels have recently been added by the Department of Veterans Affairs to the list of Navy and Coast Guard ships whose crews may have potentially been exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange.
These vessels included the hospital ship Repose, as well as the transport ship General R.M. Blatchford. Former service members who served aboard this ships – and more than 200 others who are included in the VA database from 1962 to 1975 – may be eligible for disability compensation.
The VA provides disability compensation for eligible Veterans, as well as their survivors, for 14 medical conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange.
The online inventory of ships is updated periodically, after Veterans or VA staff are able to provide or find proof that a vessel moored, operated close to shore, or traversed an inland waterway, thereby risking exposure of its crew to the toxic herbicide.