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Blue Water Navy Vets Denied Again

Once again, the VA has said that it would continue to limit benefits related to Agent Orange exposure to veterans who have set foot in Vietnam or its inland waterways. A recent court opinion, Gray v. McDonald, held that the Veterans Administration was required to determine whether those on board ships were close enough to the shoreline to qualify for presumptive Agent Orange exposure. The court ordered the VA to review its policy regarding blue water Navy veterans, but it has decided to stick by the old policy, in spite of evidence that indicates blue water Navy vets have been exposed to Agent Orange.

There is still a possibility that blue water Navy veterans could receive compensation. Senator Richard Blumenthal is still pushing a bill that would provide presumptive service connection for blue water Nay veterans presumptive service connection for Agent Orange related conditions.

Presumptive service connection isn’t the only way to receive benefits for Agent Orange related conditions. If you can demonstrate that you set foot in Vietnam or its inland waterways, or if you can demonstrate If you have any questions about applying for benefits, or think that you are entitled to benefits you’re not receiving, please contact us at (888) 883-2483.

Berry Law

The attorneys at Berry Law Firm are dedicated to helping injured Veterans. With extensive experience working with VA disability claims, Berry Law can help you with your disability appeals.

This material is for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and the reader, and does not constitute legal advice. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and the contents of this blog are not a substitute for legal counsel.

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