Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles from the shore of Vietnam, or who had service in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange, and may be entitled to service connection for any of the 14 conditions related to herbicide exposure.
VA is also now able to extend benefits to children with spina bifida whose BWN Veteran parent may have been exposed while serving.
Two separate topics are affected by the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.
1. Herbicide Exposure
The Act extends the presumption
of exposure of herbicides such as
Agent Orange to Veterans
who served in the offshore waters
of the Republic
of Vietnam between January 9,
1962 and May 7, 1975.
2. VA Home Loans
The Act includes provisions that
affect the VA Home Loan
Program. These provisions affect
ALL Veterans. Not just Blue
Water Navy Vietnam Vet
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