“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, it has decided more than 34,000 Blue Water Navy disability claims, under the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, effective Jan. 1, — which extends the presumption of exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.”
“As of Sept. 30, VA has processed 34,415 (48%) of 69,570 claims received, of which 24,328 (71%) have been granted — awarding more than $664 million in retroactive benefits to eligible Veterans and families…”
“VA also collaborated with the National Archives and Records Administraton to digitize all Navy and Coast Guard deck logs for ships with known Vietnam service. Digitization of the Navy deck logs was completed in December 2019 and Coast Guard deck logs were completed in September. As part of the agreement, VA provided digital images of the deck logs to NARA to make digitally available in the National Archives Catalog…” Read the full press release here.
Source: VA reaches milestone, completing nearly half of Blue Water Navy disability claims received since beginning of year – October 26, 2020. VA.