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VA releases Brown Water ship list

The Department of Veterans Affairs has finally posted an expanded list of U.S. Navy ships exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The so-called Brown Water ship list comes a year after U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chided the agency for failing to obtain key military records showing that sailors on the ships were presumed exposed to the toxic herbicide. The updated list - which is not complete - was supposed to be available Aug. 1. The agency has not offered an explanation for the delay.

Akaka's staff found hundreds of cases in which VA regional offices across the country did not request deck logs from the National Archives before rejecting Agent Orange claims from Vietnam Navy veterans. The senator, then chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, asked VA to review the cases of sailors whose claims appear to have been inappropriately rejected. VA expanded the list of oceangoing Navy vessels presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange from 150 to 170 ships, in part because of information Akaka's staff provided.

As of April, VA had re-examined about 6,700 of the 16,820 cases Akaka called to the agency's attention, said Tom Pamperin, deputy under secretary for Disability Assistance. Many will receive disability compensation and medical care for illnesses connected to Agent Orange exposure. VA has not said when it will complete its review of all 16,820 cases.

Read "Brown Water Bungle," on the situation of Brown Water veterans, in the August 2011 issue of The American Legion Magazine, or here.

7 Comments

  1. Looking for USS ARL 38 Krishna repair tender for river craft in country 1968 to October 30 1971 De-commissioned in Philippines and turned over to Philippine Navy renamed NARRA-AR 88. Awards Presidential Unit Citation,4 Navy Unit Commendations, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, RVN Civil Action Medal, First Class Vietnam Palm, RVN Campaign Medal with 60's device and Vietnam Service Medal with 10 bronze stars. Terry Belden B-650117
  2. I was on the USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 in the DMZ for 64 went to subic for 7 days. And to back DMZ for 30 more consecutive days. Am looking for the ship on the list of ships. it was denied being listed. The ship has the republic of Vietnam Servise Medal and the Combat action Ribbon. Why is the ship not listed?
  3. Looking for information about the USS Davis 937 I was told it was on the brown list then taken off Why ?
  4. My husband Ray Good was always telling me about brown water where he take the caption on a boat near the island of DaNang this man as suffered 3 types of cancers and then some suffered dearly What I hate the government to me is a legal mafia They acknowledge his sickness But I have to prove he was on land that to me is bullshit Ray would say I ate, drank and it was on my clothes and so forth ...Ray would go on the computer for hours and ck about agent orange..... His last words to me not to give up on the VA benefits I have been doing his wishes
  5. The USS Taluga AO 62 which I was one on during 1968 to 1972 had served as a support vessel in the Gulf of the south China Sea. With numerous stops in Vung Tau, Da Nang and Cam Ranh Bay
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