9 SEPTEMBER 2021 – Chuck Voith forwarded the following information from the Veterans Administration concerning a free virtual class to be held on 30 SEPTEMBER 2021. The topics to be discussed include:
- Agent Orange exposure determination
- Presumption of exposure and current health conditions related to Agent Orange exposure
- Update for Blue Water Navy Veterans
This information may be of interest not only to classmates who were on either the USS Cleveland or the USS Vancouver on their Youngster Cruise, but to others who believe they may have been exposed to Agent Orange elsewhere, and to spouses and children of anyone who may be eligible VA benefits due to Agent Orange exposure. Additional information, including a registration link, is provided below
Join VA’s virtual class, Agent Orange: What You Need to Know, and learn about Agent Orange exposure, related health conditions, benefits, and information for Blue Water Navy Veterans. This free class takes place on Thursday, September 30, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. You can attend through your personal computer, smart phone, or tablet.
To learn more about this class and sign up, see the class flyer at https://www.warrelatedillness.
va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/ education/local-offerings/ support/Agent_Orange_flyer.pdf . You can also sign up by emailing VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at NJWRIISCEDTEAM@va.gov.
JANUARY 1, 2021 – According to the following article, the version of the National Defense Authorization Act that was passed by by both the Senate and House, overriding a Presidential veto, is now law, and adds bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism to the list of conditions linked to Agent Orange exposure. This means that once a Veteran who has one of these conditions has satisfactorily established that he/she was exposed to Agent Orange, the Department of Veterans Affairs should by default grant an appropriate level of disability compensation to that individual, and that Veteran should also qualify for treatment of the condition at a VA health facility. MOAA – FY 2021 NDAA Becomes Law After Veto Override
DECEMBER 3, 2020 – the following article indicates that the impending Defense Authorization Act may recognize certain medical conditions that can be attributed to Agent Orange Exposure: Defense Bill Would Add 3 New Diseases to Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions List | Military.com
NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – Here is an update on the status the VA’s analysis of whether to recognize that certain medical conditions can be attributed to exposure to Agent Orange: Research Delays Push Back VA Decision on New Agent Orange Conditions | Military.com
DECEMBER 2, 2019 – PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING Update from Bill Short
Task Force 73 Agent Orange (TF 73 A.O.)
Task Force 73 for Veterans (TF 73 for Veterans), Inc.
Update 21 November 2019
After reviewing all the gouge we have posted on this website, I’ve suggested we remove a couple entries from the past that have become “OBE,” and rearrange our “gouge” items so that they are in the following order. I suggest reading this update of 21 November 2019 and then the following:
- Task Force 73 Agent Orange Update – 28 May 2018.
- Task Force 73 Agent Orange – Update 7 September 2018.
- Agent Orange Checklist.
- “Diseases Related to Agent Orange.” Source: www.va.gov.
- “Agent Orange – a Relentless Tragedy.” American Legion Magazine – July 2018.
- “VA Extends Agent Orange Presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ Veterans.” – Source: www.va.gov
- The VA’s new five-part video tutorial series its New On-line Disability Compensation Form Tool – (accessible on VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) YouTube page)
If you have decided to initiate a VA VHA health care claim due to your exposure to Agent Orange while on our summer of 1970 Youngster cruise, which included a stop in Da Nang, Viet Nam, or as a “Blue Water Navy” Veteran of Viet Nam, then continue by first reading:
- All the other “gouge” references on this “Agent Orange Information” lead.
Once that’s accomplished, contact me via email. We’ll setup a time for a “short and to the point” phone call and you will save yourself invaluable time, effort, and possible frustration by doing so. Our Teams have amassed a great amount of experience dealing with the VA and VHA health care claims, and so far have a 100% success rate in helping Classmates achieve claim approval.
- My best advice: Do not approach this challenge by yourself. This applies whether you were a High Striper, Super, or Man-in-Ranks. There are many ‘73er VA VHA health care claims Veterans on our Teams who are ready to help you!
Finally, if you find yourself in need of filing such a claim, remember that having some sort of faith can provide you with a much needed foundation upon which you can have hope that whatever challenge you are facing, can be met head-on with great confidence, courage and optimism. Any questions, just ASK!
Best/ Bill/ Non Sibi.
Bill Short ‘73
Here are the topics and “gouge” in the order that Bill suggested.
Task-Force-73-Agent-Orange-Update-28-May-2018 – http://1973.usnaclasses.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/05/Task-Force-73-Agent-Orange-Update-28-May-2018.pdf
Task Force 73 Agent Orange – Update 7 September 2018 – http://1973.usnaclasses.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/09/TF-73-Agent-Orange-Task-Force-Update-7-September-2018.pdf
Agent Orange Action Checklist (for use when filing a claim) – http://1973.usnaclasses.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/03/Agent-Orange-Action-Checklist.pdf
Diseases Related to Agent Orange – https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp
“Agent Orange – A Relentless Tragedy” – Agent Orange – A Relentless Tragedy
“VA Extends Agent Orange Eligibility to Blue Water Navy Veterans” – VA Extends Agent Orange Presumption to Blue Water Navy
“VA YouTube Tutorial on the New On-line 526 Digital Disability Compensation Form Tool” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPuBrD-0niU&list=PLt_058CfeU2oqhqiIcbbYPgWPOY5fucl-
Here is some additional further information that may prove useful.
- Some classmates have expressed concern that the VA may be under-compensating them for their Service-connected disabilities. The following link to 38 CFR Book C, Schedule for Rating Disabilities, should prove helpful in this regard. It lays out, in detail, the legal framework for determining compensation. https://www.benefits.va.gov/warms/bookc.asp
- 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