VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that were involved with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange. VA continues to add ships to the list to help Veterans who served aboard ships, including “Blue Water Veterans,” find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure. If your ship is on the VA’s list, you do not need to prove an actual event or exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides in order to get disability compensation, because the law presumes you were exposed.
Service in Vietnam means service on land in Vietnam or on the inland waterways of Vietnam. This includes Veterans who:
- Set foot in Vietnam (including brief visits ashore, i.e. when a ship docked to the shore of Vietnam or operated in Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods and crew members went ashore, or smaller vessels from the ship went ashore with supplies or personnel. In those case, the Veteran further must provide a statement of personally going ashore.)
- Served on a ship while it operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam
Blue Water Vets are not presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides unless they set foot in Vietnam or served aboard ships that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.
Check to See if Your Ship Is On the VA’s List:
You can visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Ship List, which lists all of the ships they have recognized served in waters in or around Vietnam that qualify for the presumption of Agent Orange exposure. Here is the link: