VA US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Office of Public Affairs
Washington DC 20420
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VA extends benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st
Law also affects survivors of Veterans, certain dependents and Veteran homebuyers
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Prior to the measure, only Vietnam War Veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam or within Vietnam’s inland waterways were eligible to receive disability compensation and other benefits based on a presumption of herbicide exposure.