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Blue Water Veterans

Possible exposure on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War

Blue Water Controversy

The Blue Water veterans have had their fair share of hardships with relation to Agent Orange. There has been a great deal of energy invested in legislation to restore our Blue Water veteran's access to benefits as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. A recent study by NIH was inconclusive many felt as though the 'benefit of doubt' should be given to our Blue Water Navy veterans since NIH/VA have been unable to show they weren't exposed to Agent Orange, for a number of reasons but, in particular, the method used to distill the ship's drinking water being the more likely method of exposure.

Australian Blue Water Navy veterans have been granted Agent Orange medical care and benefits as a result of a study they did proving that exposure to Agent Orange occurred as a result of the ships method of distilling it's drinking water.

Please see Cancer Incidence in Australian Vietnam Veterans Study 2005.

The Dixoin Triangle
A Re-Analysis of Blue Water Navy Veterans And Agent Orange Exposure by John Rossie
and Ray Melninkaitis for The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association
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IOM Agent Orange Update Blue Water Navy 2011

Blue Water Info

  • Blue Water Navy – Agent Orange Information

    Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association Learn more
  • Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association: A Suggested Approach for Making a Case for Disability Entitlement by Offshore Vietnam Veterans

    Was the Blue Water Navy exposed to dioxin-based herbicide? IOM Report states that there was too little data to conclusively determine whether the Blue Water Navy (BWN) had or had not been exposed to dioxin-based herbicides, such as Agent Orange. Learn more
  • Cancer Incidence in Australian Vietnam Veterans Study 2005

  • Co-distillation Of Agent Orange and Other Persistent Organic Pollutants In Evaporative Water Distillation

    On ships, within island communities and in arid areas, potable water is sometimes produced by evaporative distillation from seawater. This study arose from a desire to understand results published by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs, that showed a slight increased overall mortality of male Vietnam veterans between the years 1980 and 1994. Learn more
  • H.R.812 Latest Title: Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011

    H. R. 812 To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam. Learn more
  • Haas v. Nicholson - US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Citation Nr: 0714786 Decision Date: 05/17/07 Archive Date: 06/01/07 DOCKET NO. 03-06 568 ) DATE ) ) On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Chicago, Illinois Learn more
  • In the bulletin is a list of ships / boats that qualify for presumptive herbicide exposure

    "If a Veteran's service aboard one of these ships can be confirmed ... then exposure to herbicide agents can be presumed without further development. " by Larry Scott, VA Watchdog d ot Org Learn more
  • Information on Vietnam Naval Operations

    The DVA put out their Compensation and Pension Bulletin for January 2010 and it has the following information that may affect some of you. Learn more
  • Navy & Coast Guard Ships Associated with Service in Vietnam & Exposure to Herbicide Agents

    The ships list is intended to provide VA regional offices with a resource for determining whether a particular US Navy or Coast Guard Veteran of the Vietnam era is eligible for the presumption of Agent Orange herbicide exposure based on operations of the Veteran’s ship. Learn more
  • VA adds to list of Agent Orange-exposed ships

    The Veterans Affairs Department has expanded its list of Navy and Coast Guard ships whose crews may be eligible for disability compensation as a result of exposure to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange. It is http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/index.asp">an updated inventory of "Blue Water" platforms that operated along Vietnam's coastline from 1962 to 1975. Learn more
  • Agent Orange: Alphabetized Ships List

    Ships will be regularly added to the list based on information confirmed in official records of ship operations. Currently there are 285 ships on this list. Learn more
  • VNVETS Blog

    Information and discussion of issues for Naval, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Veterans of the Vietnam war Learn more

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