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Blue Water veterans covered for Agent Orange conditions

On June 25, 2019, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 was signed into law by President Trump. Veterans who live in California might be entitled to disability benefits. The legislation, which was championed by the American Legion, is designed to extend benefits to certain veterans for several conditions that have been connected to exposure to Agent Orange.

Anyone who served on the ground in Vietnam or within a distance of 12 nautical miles of the Vietnam coastline had already been extended coverage by the Agent Orange Act of 1991. If the veteran has been diagnosed with diabetes, Parkinson's or certain cancers, the condition is presumed to have been caused by exposure to the chemical. The reference title for the bill is H.R. 299; it will also give pension benefits to the spouses of some veterans who died because of service-related disabilities.

The bill will provide benefits to veterans who fall into the category of presumptive conditions of exposure to Agent Orange herbicide. This is true whether or not they have previously had claims denied or put on hold at the pending stage. Those who served off the coast of Vietnam are sometimes referred to as Blue Water veterans of the Navy.

Veterans in California often have questions about the level of benefits they qualify for and the methods of applying for and securing such benefits. A lawyer who handles veterans' benefits cases might be able to help by reviewing the person's service record and conditions to see if there are benefits available. He or she might also communicate with government officials on the client's behalf or draft and file the legal documents necessary to secure funds. An attorney may be able to find sources of benefits that the client was previously unaware of or appeal a denial by the relevant organization.

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