Here are a couple items of import to Veterans. The VA has added several ships to its list of Agent Orange exposure. Hard to imagine that these findings are released in such a piecemeal fashion over the past 40 years. The following is a list of the vessels whose crew members may qualify for health care and compensation for conditions that are linked to the exposure of Agent Orange. There are currently 344 ships on this list.
These additional vessels are known as “brown water” Navy vessels that served on the inland waters of Vietnam.
USS Sheldrake: USS Towhee: USS Okanogan:USS Chantcleer: USS Frank Know: USS James Kyes: USS General W.A Mann.
Eligibility dates have been expanded for the crew of USS Fechteler and USS Dewey. The USS Pickaway and USS Paul Revere crew may be eligible if they went ashore.
The Blue Water Navy members, those who were at sea, are still not eligible. It is known, however, that many handled the 55 gallons drums of Dioxin. The fight goes on for them.
The next update is the conclusive finding that those who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C. between 1953 and 1987 were exposed to toxic chemicals and are entitled to service-connected claims for compensation. There are 8 conditions that necessitate a diagnosis.
Aplastic anemia or other myelodysplastic syndromes.
This is a pretty big deal, as prior to these revelations, no conditions were considered “presumptive” or eligible for a disability claim. See your local Veteran Service Officer for more detailed filing information.
It is estimated that approximately one million service members, family and civilians were exposed to hazardous materials in the drinking water. The array of chemicals were from cleaning compounds, tanks that were leaking and noted poor disposal protocols.
I am reminded of the huge lawsuit in Tucson, Arizona against Hughes Aircraft for the dumping of TCE, trichlorethylene in the water of nearby residents. What were they thinking? Hidden impunity must be the worst brand.