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Ao Ship's List Info


Berta

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This appeared in recent email I got from Colonel Dan Cedusky:

Many here are familiar with Sgt. Shaft

http://www.washingto...d-agent-orange/

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Dear Sgt. Shaft:

A friend of mine who recently passed from cancer was in Vietnam on the USS Hoel DDG 13. The ship had several missions in Vietnam, but it is not on the VA ships list. His daughter is trying to help get compensation for her mother. Can you help?

Stuart O.

Via the Internet

Dear Stuart:

If you think a ship should be on the list and you are not filing a claim, you may conduct your own research and submit documentary evidence to VA.

Documentary evidence includes deck logs, ship histories and cru ise book entries. You may obtain ship deck logs from the National Archives at College Park, Md.

This evidence must show the ship entering the inland waterways of Vietnam, docking in Vietnam or otherwise sending crew members ashore. A ship that anchored in an open water harbor, such as Da Nang Harbor, is not sufficient evidence for the presumption of Agent Orange exposure. You must scan your documentary evidence and email it to the Veterans Benefits Administration's Compensation Service at 211_AOSHIPS.VBACO@va.gov. Emails sent to this email address are not secure, so do not include personal data.”

(Just to add -it pays to read the Danang Harbor report at Blue Water Navy.org.

The VA has revised the AO Ships list many times since it first came out, primarily due to hearing from Navy veterans with first hand accounts ,log info, and other evidence that showed their ship should be on the VA's AO list. In some cases, VA itself checked the evidence enough to have it added to the list but I am sure the main entity that has provided the bulk of this significant info to the VA (altering the lives of many AO BWN vets), has been Navy vets themselves).

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