By Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban | Published June 30, 2019 | | |
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 Read MoreRead More
As related legislation is being debated, veterans who served on ships during the Vietnam War won a significant court victory in their effort to secure Agent Orange benefits. Known as “blue water” vets — to distinguish them from “brown water” personnel who served on inland watercraft — these individuals were previously denied compensation related to Read MoreRead More
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 9-2 in favor of Alfred Procopio, Jr., 73, who served on the USS Intrepid during the Vietnam War. Procopio is one of tens of thousands of “Blue Water” Navy veterans who were deemed ineligible for the same disability benefits as those veterans who served “boots on Read MoreRead More
1. Where are the Agent Orange Exposure Locations? Military veterans who served in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone are presumed by the VA to have been exposed to Agent Orange. According to the VA there are, however, other veterans that may qualify if they are able to show proof of exposure. Other possible exposure locations Read MoreRead More
Unfortunately, the VA released that they still have no definite date for awarding benefits to those veterans who flew the C-123 aircrafts. Those who flew C-123 aircrafts between the 1970’s and 1980’s are not entitled to any benefits regarding Agent Orange. A recent study showed that these reservists may have been exposed due to leftover Read MoreRead More
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