The recent Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) decision opened
the door for more “blue water” Navy veterans to receive service-connections
for disorders related to Agent Orange exposure. However, there have been
some recent developments that might open that door even wider. News reports
are now suggesting that more Navy veterans might have been exposed through
the distilled water onboard ships, since patrolling Navy vessels sucked
in potentially contaminated sea water and distilled it for use. The distillation
process would have only concentrated the toxin. A 2011 report from the
Institute of Medicine used a theoretical model that found the distillation
process, if it used contaminated water, would have concentrated the toxin.
Currently, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia have joined the
push to ensure that “blue water” Navy veterans are compensated.
We will be sure to keep you updated on the results of that push for new
In the meantime, if you are a “blue water” veteran, and you
did not serve on a vessel that has been recognized as showing Agent Orange
exposure, you can still get compensation. You will need to show that you
had “boots on ground,” or that you came close to shore. Pictures,
buddy statements, and deck logs can all be helpful. If you need assistance
with your VA claim, call 1-888-883-2483 for a free consultation.