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What kind of compensation can Blue Water Navy veterans expect?

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2022 | VA Benefits

As a veteran, you put your life on the line to serve your country. In the line of duty, you may face various threats, some of which may result in death or illness later in life.

During the Vietnam War, many members of the military suffered exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide mixture that since has had severe consequences for their health. According to AARP, the Department of Veterans Affairs began processing claims for Blue Water Navy veterans as of January 2020.

Who are the Blue Water Navy veterans?

Blue Water Navy veterans are those who served at most 12 nautical miles offshore from Vietnam between 1962 and 1975. Additionally, Blue Water Navy veterans include those who stayed in the Korean demilitarized zone between 1967 and 1971. These service members may have been exposed to Agent Orange.

People exposed to Agent Orange suffered from a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cell leukemia
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Respiratory cancers
  • Prostate cancer
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Those affected by Agent Orange exposure may also include children born with spina bifida between 1962 and 1875 to military parents in Thailand.

What can veterans claim?

Service members exposed to Agent Orange are eligible for disability compensation. Additionally, survivors can file for claims based on military service and cause of death. The law also allows veterans more access to the VA’s Home Loan Program. In the past, many veterans may have faced denial when requesting disability compensation. These people can now provide new or additional information and reapply for benefits.

When it comes to the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, those eligible may receive health care, a health exam and compensation. Those older than 85 with a life-threatening illness or at risk for financial hardship or homelessness may be able to move up in line.