Right now there is a Bill in the Senate, S-1629 (AOEA), and in the House, HR-3612, seeking to help Navy service members who were subjected to Agent Orange gain medical benefits. In the meantime, The BWNVA has found an alternative way to actively advocate for Veterans. By identifying the ships that entered rivers and canals within the geographical boundaries of Vietnam, BWNVA can help Veterans automatically qualify for the medical benefits they should be rightfully entitled to.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently added forty-five ocean-going vessels, assumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange, to a growing list of Navy and Coast Guard ships. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association (BWNVA) ( http://bluewaternavy.org ) is helping the Veterans Administration (VA) identify ships that entered the rivers and canals within the geographical boundaries of Vietnam.