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Waters in the Vicinity of Vietnam

If you served on a Blue Water Navy ship on the coastal or inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975—and ever came ashore—VA presumes you were exposed to Agent Orange.

Are you eligible for compensation?

Yes, if:

Who is covered

You and your survivors

Available benefits:

How it works:

You must prove you were aboard one of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that entered Vietnam’s inland waterways. If your ship docked or landed crewmembers, you must be able to prove that you went ashore.

If you did not go ashore or serve aboard a ship that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam, you must prove that you were otherwise exposed to Agent Orange during your military service in order to receive disability compensation for diseases related to this exposure. These claims are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Exception: If you’re a Blue Water Veteran with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you do not need to prove where you were exposed. VA recognizes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as related to service in Vietnam or its offshore waters during the Vietnam Era.


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