MARCH 28, 2019 – THE VA SECRETARYHAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NOT APPEAL THE RECENT COURT RULING IN FAVOR OF BLUE WATER NAVY VEERANS: https://www.stripes.com/va-secretary-recommends-doj-not-challenge-ruling-on-blue-water-benefits-1.574387

 

FEBRUARY 2, 2019 – CLASSMATES – PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GOOD NEWS ARTICLE CONCERNING BLUE WATER NAVY VETERANS !!! 

https://psmag.com/news/court-of-appeals-rules-in-favor-of-blue-water-vietnam-veterans

If the VA wants to appeal the decision, they have 90 days to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court is already considering another Blue Water Navy case, Gray v. Wilkie, which concerns the same principle. The VA is required by law to follow the appeals court decision unless a stay is granted.

Our Classmate Bill Short checked with a trusted 73er Legal source, who indicated the following – “Bill,  Very, very unlikely that the court’s decision can be appealed. In theory, the VA could appeal to the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court earlier refused to grant cert (agree to hear the case.) I think this is very good news.”

OTHER NEWS – Our Task Force 73 for Veterans, Inc. was formalized this past November and is taking on an even much larger, more ambitious mission on behalf of our Veterans. For details, just ASK.

 

Task Force 73 Agent Orange Update – 28 May 2018

 

TF 73 Agent Orange Task Force Update 7 September 2018

VA Makes Decision on Expansion of Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

 

Whether a Vietnam Veteran has or has not been diagnosed with an Agent Orange type health challenge, but was exposed to it, he/she should be registered with the VA.  There is no cost but significant possible benefit.  You can still apply for disability compensation if you were exposed to Agent Orange.

Agent Orange Registry Health Exam for Veterans – VA Public Health

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/benefits/registry-exam.asp – similar pages

Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange – Compensation

https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-agent_orange.asp  – similar pages

The Children of Agent Orange ? ProPublica

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-children-of-agent-orange – 139k – similar pages

 

HELPFUL INFORMATION WHEN FILING A CLAIM

Agent Orange Action Checklist

The following ship list was downloaded from the following section of the VA Website: https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-agent_orange.asp

Page 31 of this list states that USS Cleveland (LPD-7) [Amphibious Transport Dock] sent Naval Academy Midshipmen on training mission ashore at Da Nang on 9-10 July, 1970

List of Ships that Operated in Vietnam

USNA Midshipmen Assigned to USS Vancouver (LPD-2)

USS Cleveland Deck Log Book

USS Vancouver Deck Log Book

VA Form 21-4138

VA Requirements for Claim