Blue Water Navy Veterans May be Eligible for Benefits from Exposure to Agent Orange

Did you serve on a Blue Water Navy vessel offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or on another U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship operating in the coastal waterways of Vietnam, between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975?

If yes, you may have had contact with Agent Orange, an herbicide used to clear trees and plants during the war. We refer to this as a presumption of contact. Find out if you can get disability compensation and other benefits for illnesses we believe are caused by Agent Orange.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that “Blue Water” Vietnam veterans are eligible for benefits regarding illnesses linked to exposure to Agent Orange. The decision could make thousands of veterans who served aboard aircraft carriers, destroyers and other ships during the Vietnam War eligible for previously denied benefits from the VA. To learn more visit

For more information contact the Douglas County Veterans Affairs Office at 303-663-6200.