Ask VA Secretary to Help Blue Water Vietnam Veterans
In the wake of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) failure to vote on the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R.299 & S.422 respectively) FRA and several other like-minded Veteran Service Organizations have dispatched a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin, urging him to implement a regulation to provide Vietnam veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam to have the same presumption the “Brown Water” and “Boots on the Ground” Vietnam veterans have when filing for VA disability claims.
FRA supports the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R.299 & S.422) that would clarify service members serving off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict have a presumption for filing disability claims with the VA for ailments associated with exposure to Agent Orange. Studies demonstrate that the desalinization process used on Australian and U.S. Navy ships off the coast of Vietnam magnified the exposure of the Agent Orange in the water.
The VA Secretary could help these veterans by implementing a regulation. FRA has met with the secretary and have been informed that he is reviewing the policy. Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask the secretary to implement a regulation giving these veterans a presumption for filing disability claims with the VA for ailments associated with exposure to Agent Orange.