If you have a Navy or Coast Guard Vet who need help with an Agent Orange claim be sure to check the official Agent Orange ship list at http://www.publichealth.va.
What if the ship is NOT on the official Agent Orange Ship List?
You have to find proof the ship was in brown water. Once you find it, submit it to ship list webpage above so they can verify the evidence and update the list.
Many ships also have an association. Just google the ship’s name and look for an association. For example, the USS Fred Barry is at http://www.fredtberry.org/. Sometimes other crew members have posted a copy of pages from their ship’s deck logs onto their association site. Check with the association’s historian, if they have one. These ships’ associations are a valuable resource. Also, you might suggest to your veteran that he or she attend their ship’s association national convention to meet up with fellow shipmates- conventions are a great place to get buddy statements.
Another way to find deck logs is at the National Archives. That can be a time consuming process. Last resort: have the veteran hire a professional researcher. SEE: http://www.archives.gov/