Written by Christopher W. Dumm, The Law Office of Christopher W. Dumm
Earlier this year we wrote about the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395), which came into effect on January 1, 2021. Among other things, the new legislation saw parkinsonism, bladder cancer, and hypothyroidism added to the list of medical issues for which Veterans may receive benefits. (You can read that article, here.)
This change arrived as the culmination of research conducted over decades demonstrating a conclusive link between the presence of the aforementioned conditions and Vietnam War Veterans’ exposure to the tactical herbicide Agent Orange. When first introduced, only those Veterans who had served on the landmass of the Republic of Vietnam or its inland waterways became newly eligible for benefits. The Blue Water Navy Update expands this eligibility to Veterans who served in the country’s offshore waters during the war, as well.
To learn which veterans this legislation pertains to, and to learn more about the claims process, click here.