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New Bill Extends Agent Orange Benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans

Legally reviewed by Brendan Garcia , Owner and Lead Attorney

In June 2019, President Donald Trump signed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act into law. The bill, which is commonly referred to as the Blue Water Navy Act, expanded medical care and benefits to many Blue Water Navy (BWN) veterans and other military personnel who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

VetLaw is proud to help Vietnam veterans, including those who were exposed in a Blue Water Zone, secure disability benefits. Schedule a free consultation with us by calling (855) 500-4672 or completing a contact form today.

Who is Eligible Under BWN Coverage?

Under the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, individuals who served between 1962 and 1975 within 12 nautical miles of Cambodia or Vietnam may now qualify for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for illnesses related to Agent Orange exposure. The Act applies to all veterans, including Marines, air service members, and other military personnel who served on Navy ships.

In order to qualify for coverage, a veteran must suffer from an illness which is on the presumptive list for service connection due to Agent Orange exposure during their active duty military service.

This includes Hodgkin’s disease, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and various types of cancers including prostate cancer. A full list of Agent-Orange-related illnesses can be found on VA’s website.

Even for diseases not on the Agent Orange presumptive list, veterans may be able to establish entitlement to service connection if a medical professional links their disability to the presumed Agent Orange exposure.

What Benefits are Available to BWN Veterans?

Former servicemembers who qualify under the Blue Water Navy Act may be eligible for various disability benefits in addition to monthly compensation. For example, the VA may approve qualified veterans for health care benefits.

This can include health exams and clinical treatments at VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers. They may also qualify for other benefits such as rehabilitation, educational benefits, and home loans.

How to Apply for VA Disability Benefits

To qualify for VA disability benefits, a veteran will need to file a claim with supporting evidence. This can include hospital bills, private medical records, and testimony about their level of impairment from medical or vocational experts. After submitting a claim, VA will review your case, confirm you were exposed in a Blue Water Zone, and decide if you are eligible for disability compensation.

How an Experienced Navy VA Benefits Attorney Can Help

Identifying and gathering evidence for a VA claim can be challenging for many veterans. As Navy VA benefits lawyers, we have an extensive background dealing with the VA. We specialize in representing vets with service-related disabilities.

Our knowledgeable legal team at VetLaw can advise you on what evidence to gather for your claim. Additionally, we can help you receive the benefits that you deserve if you are met with a denial from VA. To talk to an experienced VA-accredited lawyer, contact VetLaw today.