More than 50 years after the U.S. started using Agent Orange in Vietnam, service members who were exposed to the dangerous herbicide while on offshore vessels can start collecting benefits. Though Congress passed a law in 1991 creating a presumption of Agent Orange exposure for “brown water” service members who worked on boats within the country’s inland waterways, approximately 90,000 “blue water” veterans who never reached Vietnam’s shores were excluded.
Years of litigation over the exclusion ended with a court decision this past January stating that blue water Vietnam veterans are entitled to the same presumption. The ruling, which the Department of Justice’s has said it will not appeal, opens the door to thousands of veterans who can finally obtain a measure of justice. Claimants should understand these key aspects of the situation:
Given the time that has elapsed, however, potential beneficiaries of this decision should contact a qualified lawyer promptly to discuss their options.
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban represents Vietnam veterans and those who served during other military engagements as they seek the benefits they’ve earned through their service. If you or a loved one has been harmed by Agent Orange or is pursuing other relief from the VA, please call 866-866-VETS or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We represent clients nationwide.
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