May, 2011 Latest Agent Orange Information
The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) urges all
The list was updated in May of 2011 to include more vessels that
operated primarily or exclusively on
“Thousands of Navy and Coast Guard veterans who served aboard ships
If you or someone you know served aboard any of these vessels during the times indicated and has herbicide-related health problems, a VA claim for exposure to an herbicide agent should be filed as soon as possible. To start a claim, contact your nearest VA Regional Office (click here for a list of offices) or contact Chris Slawinski, FRA’s national veterans service officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-FRA-1924 (ext. 115). Veterans should understand that the list is not complete and presumption of exposure will not be denied solely because a veteran’s ship is not on it.
FRA is working to reverse the VA’s policy that prevents so-called
“blue water” military retirees and veterans – those who served off
Revising the VA’s Agent Orange policy is a top priority for the
Association and is repeatedly addressed in FRA’s congressional testimony
and in discussions with legislators and their staff. Members of FRA's
National Board of Directors brought this issue directly to their elected
officials during visits to Capitol Hill in April, where they urged their
representatives to support “The Agent Orange Equity Act” (H.R. 812),
sponsored by Rep. Bob Filner (Calif.), ranking member of the House
Veterans Affairs Committee. This legislation would authorize the VA to
presume service-connection for veterans and retirees suffering from
ailments related to exposure to Agent Orange if they served in the waters
off the coast of or in the skies above
Exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic substances is the focus of a feature article in the April edition of FRA Today, the Association’s monthly membership magazine. FRA members are invited to share their exposure experiences and questions at www.fra.org/hottopics.
VA Adds USCG, USN Vessels to Agent Orange Exposure List
The Fleet Reserve
Association (FRA) strongly encourages all U.S. Navy and Coast Guard (USCG)
“Thousands of Navy and
Coast Guard veterans who served aboard ships during the
The first iteration of
the list was released earlier this year. The most recent additions are
categorized by those that operated primarily or exclusively on the
inland waterways of
If you or someone you know served aboard any of these vessels during the times indicated, a VA claim for exposure to an herbicide agent should be filed as soon as possible. To start a claim, contact your nearest VA Regional Office (click here for a list of offices) or contact Chris Slawinski at email@example.com or 1-800-FRA-1924 (ext. 115).
FRA strongly supports
pending legislation (H.R. 254 and S. 1939) that would grant presumptive
status to all blue water
Vessels that Operated in Vietnam
This VA website has additional information on Agent Orange as well as other information.
Oct. 16, 2009
The department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki announced a decision to establish a presumptive service-connection for Vietnam veterans who have B cell leukemia, Parkinson's disease or ischemic heart disease. These diseases are all related to exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide used in Vietnam. Secretary Shinseki's decision was based upon the recently released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that was mentioned in the July 31, 2009 edition of Newsbytes.
FRA is advocating for a broader Agent Orange service-connection, and this announcement is a major step in the right direction. Many Navy veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam, so-called "blue water" veterans, have health problems frequently associated with herbicide exposure, but have endured lengthy legal struggles to prove these problems are service-related. The Association has repeatedly pushed for a legislative remedy (UR2254) and has referenced this issue as a priority for 2009 during the military and veterans' service organization meetings with the House and Senate VA committees.
To read the VA press release with links to more information on each
service-connected illness, visit
VBA has a toll-free telephone number (800-749-8387) dedicated to assisting veterans and members of the public who have questions regarding Agent Orange. VA representatives answer questions and assist veterans in applying for VA benefits.
From FRA Newsbytes 07-31-2009
Study on Agent Orange Supports Blue Water Navy Coverage
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released the "Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam (VAO)" report that recommends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) change its definition of Vietnam service. Evidence referenced included a study conducted by the Royal Australian Navy, which supports a broader definition. The report recommends that members of the Blue Water Navy be included in "the set of Vietnam-era veterans with presumed exposure." FRA has long opposed the VA's current restrictive policy of "boots on the ground" for granting veterans for service connected disorders under the presumptive classification of herbicide exposure. Members are urged to go to the FRA Action Center (www.fra.org) to ask their US Representative to support H.R. 2254, sponsored by Rep. Bob Filner (Calif.) that will reverse the VA's decision that prevents the "Blue Water Navy" military retirees and veterans from claiming presumptive status for the diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.
RA Newsbytes 07-31-2009
May 26, 2009
Received this from Cliff Barth, and it may be helpful to some shipmates in their fight for coverage involving Agent Orange. It is in .pdf format. Click Here.
May 9, 2009
Shipmates take action.
From FRA (Fleet Reserve Newsbytes) 05-08-2009
Bill Introduced to Benefit Veterans Exposed to Toxins
Rep. Bob Filner (Calif.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee, introduced a measure (H.R. 2254) that would authorize VA medical care to veterans exposed to toxins during the Vietnam and Gulf War eras. Although the text of the bill is not yet available, FRA has learned that veterans who served in the surrounding waters off the coast of Vietnam and in the skies above will be allowed to file a claim for exposure to Agent Orange if the measure is enacted. (The VA currently only acknowledges service-connection for vets who served within the borders of Vietnam.) Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center at www.fra.org to ask their representative to co-sponsor this important legislation.
Shipmates take action. If not a member of The FRA you may write directly to your Representatives asking them to support this measure. We also urge family members to write.
Received this note from Russ Myers.
Russ Myers, 69-70. I was on deck force and a cook on the Noxubee at this time. I am responding to the March newsletter re-agent orange update. In 1995 I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and had to have it removed. There was a ruling not far after that in the Veterans Wellness mag. stating the Agent Orange prostate cancer link. I filled with the VA and thru many years and still fighting I am now receiving benefits. There was a similar ruling a few years ago that stated crews did not have to actually be on land to file any claim. I send this because although the VA is really a big pain to deal with, this info is out there. I have been all thru it. Hope this is some help.
|Bryan Rainville was on the Noxubee 1969-70. He needs contact from anyone who saw him at China Beach, knew he went to get mail, or was with him at the Bob Hope Show in Da Nang. His contact information is on the shipmates page or contact Dick Barber.|
|There are two ways to get an award for agent orange; prove you had boots on the ground, or your unit received an award for agent orange. For more information contact Lawrence Smith. His contact info is on the shipmates page.|
|Ron Lynch is trying to get treatment for Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. If you are receiving treatment or can help, please contact Ron Lynch. His contact information is on the shipmates page or contact Dick Barber.|