WASHINGTON (CN) - Navy veterans sued the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs, demanding "the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange for
members of the Armed Forced of the United States who served afloat off
the coast of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War."
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association, and Military-Veterans
Advocacy Inc. sued Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki in
The veterans claim they were exposed to Agent
Orange while serving offshore Vietnam and the government won't pay their
medical bills and denied benefits to survivors of veterans who "died
from complication[s] of Agent Orange."
The United States sprayed
Agent Orange (2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin) and petroleum across
the Vietnamese countryside in the 1960s and 1970s as a part of Operation
Ranch Hand, a program to defoliate Vietnamese jungles and destroy food
supplies during the Vietnam War.
The chemicals washed into rivers and streams and eventually into the bed of the South China Sea.
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