VA Disability lawyer and Toxic Tort Attorney representing Blue Water Navy Veterans in Agent Orange Benefits claims
Over a ten-year period, the U.S. military dropped around 20 million gallons of toxic herbicide across 4.5 million acres of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The mission was called Operation Ranch Hand, and used toxic herbicides to defoliate the heavy forest. The most well-known toxin used is Agent Orange, the most common 55-gallon drum of dioxin found regularly on military bases during the Vietnam War.
In 1991, Vietnam War veterans saw the passage of the Agent Orange Act, which acknowledged that the chemical was strongly linked to various cancers and the development of other diseases for veterans. The bill authorized VA health benefits to those exposed to the toxins, but at the time, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ definition of exposure only covered those who spent time on the ground in Vietnam, which excluded Blue Water Navy veterans who served off the coast, though also handled Agent Orange.
As of January, 2019, a Federal Court ruled blue water Navy veterans are now eligible for the same VA benefits.
Joe Lyon is a VA disability benefits attorney and toxic tort lawyer reviewing Blue Water Navy Veterans Agent Orange exposure and representing injured veteran nationwide.
Court papers show that the U.S. was aware that Agent Orange was toxic to those exposed to the chemical. Dioxins, byproducts of the herbicide manufacturing process, accumulates in fatty tissues, and can persist for hundreds or thousands of years, contaminating areas and can lead to cancer and various disabilities.
After the Vietnam War, blue water Navy veterans began noticing higher cancer rates and other diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. In 1979, a class-action lawsuit representing veterans was filed against the chemical companies and a $240 million settlement was reached. Agent Orange exposure presents lifetime risks and in June 2017, 1,500 to 2,100 troops who served as flight and ground crews for aircraft that distributed the Agent Orange were added to the VA benefit roles. Reports showed Navy veterans could have been exposed to the toxins in drinking water and their laundry.
About 650,000 Vietnam veterans have made Agent Orange benefit claims, and now an additional 50-70,000 veterans are eligible for Agent Orange benefits.
Currently, the Diseases and Conditions covered by the VA include:
If you or a loved one has suffered one of the above diseases or illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions regarding Blue Water Navy Veterans Benefits.
The Lyon Firm also reviews veterans’ Burn Pit Injury Claims.