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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Blue Water Vietnam Navy Veterans Can Now Apply For Compensation Benefits

The Federal Circuit overturned a previous decision with their new decision restoring presumptive service connected compensation for herbicide related conditions to Blue Water Navy Veterans who served within the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

This decision means that any veteran who can show they served within the 12 nautical miles of the landmass of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, is once again eligible for the same compensation benefits, DIC, health care and ancillary benefits as the "Boots on the Ground" Vietnam Veterans.

Please see the official letter from Department of Veteran Affairs for more information or contact the Linn County Veteran Affairs office at 319-892-5160 to discuss benefit eligibility.

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