Navy vets exposed to Agent Orange get new hope for benefits

 · The government says U.S. Air Force reservists who became ill after being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War would be eligible for disability benefits.

2019 Benefits Issues for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed a bill recently that says veterans exposed to Agent Orange off the coast of Vietnam and in the Korean DMZ qualify for VA disability benefits. But on July 1, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie issued a stay on processing those claims until January 2020.

Navy veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam ask VA for benefits By Mary Katherine Wildeman Mary Katherine Wildeman

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Because of concerns about Agent Orange, more than one-quarter of the 1 million Vietnam veterans receiving disability checks are getting compensation for diabetes and other common ailments of age.

 · NORWICH – Paul Dillon and Bill Johnstone have a lot in common — both men served aboard the USS Providence and the USS Oklahoma City during the Vietnam War and now both men are struggling with the impacts of Agent Orange exposure. But soon, Navy veterans like Dillon and Johnstone may be eligible for health benefits under a new congressional agreement."Most of the.

The Congressional Budget Office has predicted the new benefits could cost about .1 billion. costs and insufficient scientific evidence linking blue water Navy veterans to Agent Orange exposure.

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Those who served in Vietnam and developed certain diseases are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange and are therefore eligible for medical coverage and disability benefits.

The veteran has devoted his life to get. Navy Cmdr. John wells estimates thousands of U.S. veterans were exposed to the chemical agent while serving on the island in the Pacific. “We don’t know the.

With 2016 drawing to a close and a new. naval veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam eligible for benefits. Though most didn’t step foot in Vietnam, some 90,000 Navy vets who served offshore.

Via America’s Lawyer: A Federal Court of Appeals ruled last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs has to start paying disability benefits to Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during their service in Vietnam.