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Blue Water Navy Veterans and Agent Orange

Veterans who served on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War are referred to as "Blue Water Navy Veterans."

Veterans who served on a vessel operating not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia, as defined in Public Law 116-23.

Eligible Veterans may receive the following VA benefits:

Health care benefits: A full range of medical benefits in the VA healthcare system.
Disability compensation: A monthly payment for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.
Other benefits: Home loans, vocational rehabilitation, education, and more

VA can help determine Agent Orange exposure or qualifying service in Vietnam after you file a claim for compensation benefits.

Agent Orange and Survivor Benefits

VA offers a wide range of benefits to surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and died as the result of diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

Compensation Benefits

Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and died as the result of diseases related to Agent Orange exposure may be eligible for a monthly payment called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.

Survivors also may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation if the Veteran died from other service- related injuries or diseases or was totally disabled from service-connected conditions for certain lengths of time at the time of death.

Healthcare Benefits

Surviving spouses and children of Veterans who died from a VA-rated, service-connected disability may be eligible for health care benefits under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA).

Survivors also may be eligible for CHAMPVA if the Veteran was rated permanently and totally disabled from a service connected disability at the time of death. To be eligible for CHAMPVA, you cannot be eligible for TRICARE/CHAMPUS.

US Government Launches Campaign to Reduce High Suicide Rates

The federal government launched a broad national campaign July 7, 2020, aimed at reducing high suicide rates, urging the public to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and acknowledge daily stresses in peoples lives. Known as REACH, the government campaign is the core part of a $53 million, two year effort announced by President Donald Trump to reduce suicide, particularly among veterans.

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide or is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for confidential support 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255. Veterans and service members, including National Guard and Reserve, who need immediate help should call the 1-800 number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line, chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat or text 838255.