VA Does Not Support Blue Water Presumption
After careful review of
the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, entitled, “Blue Water
Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure,” the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) has determined there is insufficient evidence
to establish a presumption of exposure to herbicides for
FRA is frustrated by the decision to maintain the status quo regarding disability claims of these so-called “Blue Water” veterans and believes the IOM report validated the 2002 Royal Australian Navy study that confirmed the desalinization process used on Australian and U.S. Navy ships actually magnified the dioxin exposure. The Association will continue to seek a legislative remedy to reverse the current VA policy so that Blue Water veterans and military retirees who have health problems commonly associated with herbicide exposure will be eligible for service-related VA medical and disability benefits.