More Vietnam-era Veterans May Qualify for Agent Orange Disability Benefits

More Navy and Coast Guard Ships Added to Veteran's Affairs Vietnam Ship List

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs announced today in a special bulletin that they have updated the list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam, adding 47 more vessels and expanding information for others. This list can help Vietnam-era Veterans find out if they qualify for presumption of Agent Orange exposure when seeking VA disability compensation for herbicide-related diseases.
 
Visit the Agent Orange homepage to learn more about Agent Orange: www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange.  

On August 31, 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs finalized a regulation to expand disability benefits for Vietnam veterans living with Parkinson's disease.  The Parkinson's Action Network worked closely with U.S. Military Veterans with Parkinson's Disease to ensure that American veterans exposed to Agent Orange receive the benefits they earned.  This regulation now simplifies and accelerates the benefits application process for Vietnam veterans with Parkinson's disease who were exposed to Agent Orange during their service.  On November 1, 2010, Vietnam veterans began receiving benefits thanks to the new benefits application process.

If you believe you or a loved one now qualify, please contact your nearest VA Benefits Office.