VA Expands Agent Orange Eligibility for More Ships.

 

Navy & Coast Guard Ships Affected by Agent Orange
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VA Lists Navy Ships that Qualify for Presumptive Agent Orange Exposure

6/102010 – The Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension Service has issued 2 lists of naval vessels it has verified conducted operations on the inland “brown water” rivers and delta areas of Vietnam. The lists also identify certain vessel types that operated primarily on the inland waterways. If a veteran’s service aboard one of these ships can be confirmed through military records during the time frames specified, then exposure to herbicide agents (e.g., Agent Orange) can be presumed. The lists include all vessels of Inshore Fire Support (IFS) Division 93; all vessels with the designation LST, LCVP, PCF (“Swift Boats”), and PBR during their entire Vietnam tour; all Coast Guard WPBs and WHECs during their Vietnam tours. Several other vessels and time frames of operations are included in these lists. See list issued 1/10, and list issued 6/10 (below).

Vessels that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways



All U.S. Coast Guard Cutters with hull designation WPB [patrol boat] and
 WHEC [high endurance cutters]

For complete list see: http:// http://www.cochisecountyvva.org/blog/?p=311

This has been a long time

This has been a long time coming for those in Squadron Three.