Navy vets exposed to Agent Orange get new hope for benefits

The final legal battle for Blue Water Navy veterans to get VA disability benefits for exposure to cancer-causing Agent Orange appears to be over. More than 90,000 veterans who could have been exposed to the toxin during the Vietnam War are now in line for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration after the justice department dropped its appeal of a federal court decision from earlier this year.

Bill That Would Grant Benefits to Blue Water Navy Vets Is Headed for a Vote. with one of 14 diseases presumed related to Agent Orange exposure.. Water’ Navy Vets Should Be Eligible for Agent.

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During the Vietnam War, 90,000 Navy vets served offshore and may have been exposed to Agent Orange. But they are not eligible for VA disability benefits for health problems they suffered as a result of that exposure.. These sailors, who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam during the war, were initially eligible for compensation under the Agent Orange Act of 1991.

Some Vietnam veterans are living in fear, others dying without benefits they say they deserve, after the government revoked medical care for thousands of veterans who say they were exposed to a more.

Procopio v. Wilkie: Finally a Win for Blue Water Vietnam. – Congresswoman Elaine Luria Presses VA Secretary for Answers on Blue Water Veterans; 20-Year-Navy Veteran Says It’s "Inexcusable" That Heroes Must Wait "Another Minute" For Clarity On Health Benefits. Id. Navy vets exposed to Agent Orange get new hope for benefits, Peter Urban, CTNewsJunkie.com Published 10:51 am EDT, Wednesday, May 15.

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(Anthony Camerano/AP) WASHINGTON – Hopes for a deal this year to extend disability benefits to thousands of “blue water” navy veterans. about 90,000 veterans who served in ships off the coast of.

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act will "finally eliminate a 17-year barrier" that "denied access to VA benefits for the scourge of Agent Orange illnesses" and is "a long overdue justice for people who served in the Vietnam conflict," Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., said, adding that the House should "force the Senate to do the right thing and provide justice for those who served in that conflict and who are still suffering."

Passed by the House unanimously in June, the Blue Water Navy bill stalled for months in the Senate, in part because, by August, the Department of Veterans Affairs under new VA Secretary. veterans.