VA expands Agent Orange ship list

The Department of Veterans Affairs has added 47 vessels to its list of Navy and Coast Guard ships whose crews may have been exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange.

Former servicemembers who served aboard these “blue water” ships, as well as the more than 200 others listed in VA’s database from 1962 to 1975, may be eligible for disability compensation.

Vessels recently added to the roster include the hospital ship Repose, which operated in close coastal waters from 1966 to 1970, and the transport ship General R.M. Blatchford, which landed elements of the 1st Infantry Division at Vung Tau in October 1965.

The online inventory (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/index.asp) is updated periodically as veterans or VA staff provide or find evidence that a ship moored, operated close to shore or traversed an inland waterway where its crew risked exposure to the toxic herbicide.

VA pays disability compensation to qualifying veterans or their survivors for 14 medical conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

4 Comments

  1. I WAS ATTACHED TO THE STAFF OF ADMIRAL J.L.HOLLOWAY,111, U.S.NAVY CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS. WE LANDED AT DANANG, VIETNAM ONBOARD VAW-114 FOR MISSION BRIEFING. I COULD NOT FIND ANY LISTING OF THIS INCIDENT TO SUPPORT MY AGENT ORANGE CLAIM. PLEASE HELP ME. YOUR ASSISTANCE IS GREATLY APPRCIATED.
  2. In March of 1973 I was transferred from the USS Biddle DLG 34 (which was at the time stationed in Norfolk,VA) to the USS Pyro AE -24 which was at the time on a Westpac cruise. I was flown in to Hickam AFB Hawaii then to Anderson AFB in Guam where I spent an entire day waiting on standby for a flight into Clark AFB Philippines. I've been seeing VA and non VA dermatologists for skin rash issues for many years now. The VA doctors keep prescribing lotions,ointments, pills, ect. to no avail. I see that the Agent Orange herbicides were used and stored at Anderson AFB and the VA now somewhat recognizes this. My question is, does this qualify as boots on the ground ? My ship also spent most of the time servicing other ships off the coast of Vietnam. I'm so tired of everyone looking at me as if I'm making this stuff up but yet there is no clear diagnoses for my particular skin condition. It's worse now than it's ever been especially on my arms .
  3. I was at Navy Seabee base Gulfport Mississippi 77 April I've got cancer and they say that agent orange wasn't stored April 1977 at Gulfport Mississippi Seabee base
  4. I was at Navy Seabee base Gulfport Mississippi 77 April I've got cancer and they say that agent orange wasn't stored April 1977 at Gulfport Mississippi Seabee base
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