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 !!!
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.
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.
HELPFUL INFORMATION WHEN FILING A CLAIM
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