The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (PL 116-23) extended the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles from the shore of Vietnam, or who had service in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange, and may be entitled to service connection for any of the 14 conditions related to herbicide exposure.
VA is also now able to extend benefits to children with spina bifida whose BWN Veteran parent may have been exposed while serving.
Wondering whether the vessel you served on was stationed within the determined area? VA has established a special team specifically designated to research military and service treatment records. They are utilizing data from logbooks to determine whether a Veteran who files a claim served in the eligible offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam. VA’s goal is to make finding the answer as easy as possible. VA encourages you to file a claim to find out if you qualify.
Additionally, PL 116-23 made changes to the VA Home Loan Program. More…