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New information for (Vietnam) Navy vets.  Thought worthy of passing along.

 

Blue Water Navy - Nehmer 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will readjudicate claims for Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

This review is part of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s implementation of the November 5, 2020, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California decision to readjudicate previously denied claims as applied in Nehmer vs. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will automatically have their claims readjudicated.

Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of Veterans who were previously denied service connection for one or more herbicide related conditions on the basis that military service was not performed on the landmass of the Republic of Vietnam or on its inland waterways. This review will also apply to eligible survivors of deceased Vietnam era Veterans.VA is dedicated to ensuring all Veterans receive the benefits they have earned.

VA ensures that we have the proper resources in place to meet the needs of the Veteran community. Eligible survivors of deceased Veterans may also benefit from the policy and may be eligible for benefits based on the Veterans’ service.

Veterans who have a condition caused by herbicide exposure during military service can learn more about Agent Orange exposure at this website.

 

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Thanks for putting this up..great Info

Its about time Bluewater Navy Veterans get their deserved benefits....a MILE STONE TO SAY THE LEAST.

Attention ALL BLUEWATER NAVY VETERANS.GET THOSE CLAIMS GOING ...>   N.O.W.     AND AS I UNDERSTAND IT  THEY COULD GO BACK TO THE DATE THE VETERAN FIRST FILED AND WAS DENIED.

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This information was posted here by me in 2020:

https://community.hadit.com/topic/82623-big-news-ao-bwn-nvlsp/

It is not actually New news, it means the VA is finally taking their thumbs out of their butts, since the lost the NV:SP case. and that is new news.

I have been involved with Agent Orange since 1991 and I truly believe that  although Thousands of Blue Water Navy veterans or their survivors , are eligible for retroactive payment under the same FootNote  Nehmer provision, that many of us here were, when we got our AO awards, that the VA could have started seeking those veterans right after NVLSP won that case , in the link above.

For some reason, we have had only one Blue Water AO veteran here that I can recall.

and the word has never gotten out on the AO benefits that Blue Water 12 mile vets are eligible for.

It has not been in the national news papers,that I know of, and appeared in a few local NY newspapers, and former Sec Wilkie only mentioned it only  once at Fox News.

I guess the VA can blame COVID for the delay- because they could have started this review many months ago.

If you know any potential Blue Water vet, please tell them about this news- 

Many might have to file their very first AO claim, and would not be eligible for retroactive cash, past their filing date.

The DAV posted  a potential 15,000 veterans would be affected but I questioned that with the specific DAV Poster commander, as I believe it is far higher than 15,000.

We had a very interesting phone call and they asked me to volunteer for the DAV.  I might do that if there is any way I can help on the Blue Water Navy AO issue but that would all take time that I dont really have.

There is also an article at Mil.com on AO vets, but I read to contact the writer because he did not mention some important info-on AO HBP.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 5/15/2021 at 7:09 AM, Berta said:

This information was posted here by me in 2020:

https://community.hadit.com/topic/82623-big-news-ao-bwn-nvlsp/

It is not actually New news, it means the VA is finally taking their thumbs out of their butts, since the lost the NV:SP case. and that is new news.

I have been involved with Agent Orange since 1991 and I truly believe that  although Thousands of Blue Water Navy veterans or their survivors , are eligible for retroactive payment under the same FootNote  Nehmer provision, that many of us here were, when we got our AO awards, that the VA could have started seeking those veterans right after NVLSP won that case , in the link above.

For some reason, we have had only one Blue Water AO veteran here that I can recall.

and the word has never gotten out on the AO benefits that Blue Water 12 mile vets are eligible for.

It has not been in the national news papers,that I know of, and appeared in a few local NY newspapers, and former Sec Wilkie only mentioned it only  once at Fox News.

I guess the VA can blame COVID for the delay- because they could have started this review many months ago.

If you know any potential Blue Water vet, please tell them about this news- 

Many might have to file their very first AO claim, and would not be eligible for retroactive cash, past their filing date.

The DAV posted  a potential 15,000 veterans would be affected but I questioned that with the specific DAV Poster commander, as I believe it is far higher than 15,000.

We had a very interesting phone call and they asked me to volunteer for the DAV.  I might do that if there is any way I can help on the Blue Water Navy AO issue but that would all take time that I dont really have.

There is also an article at Mil.com on AO vets, but I read to contact the writer because he did not mention some important info-on AO HBP.

 

 

 

 

 

Berta

I am probably the Blue Water AO Veteran that you refer to in your post. I asked you a lot of questions about AO Prostate Cancer

Update. Last Feb 3 I had a C&P exam for prostate cancer. Went well. Feb 5 claim closed. Feb 10  I had backpay in my bank account to 2010 when I first filed my claim.

In 2019 was denied for my Hearing and HBP. Appealed  to the BVA. For HBP I put in my claim a copy of NAS now said there was now sufficient scientific proof that Agent Orange did cause HBP. The judge remanded both hearing and HBP. Long story short 

I am now Service Connected for Hearing and HBP.

I am helping a shipmate and friend with his claims.

I thank you Berta and all Veterans and just everyone on Hadit for helping Veterans with their claims and getting what they so richly deserve.

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Richard,  Yes, you are the only Blue Water  AO Vet we have had here-

We certainly had many Navy vets over the years who might well fall under the HR 299 and/or Procopio regulations.

 It would be great it the VA contacts them via their review of any BWN vet denied in the past for what is now a Agent Orange presumptive, and pays them under Nehmer.

VA's past review of denied IHD ,Parkinsons, and Hairy cell B calls left some of us here at hadit out of the review ,out but we knew enough here to file those claims.

 

I was with the original Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association.I even wrote draft of the very first Equity Act.

All that has changed and I am not a member of the Military Advocacy group( Commander John Wells,) and perhaps they have a roster of BWN vets with AO that fall under the newest regulations.

I expected a lot of AO BWN vet claims here, and we did get many when IHD went on the AO list- but I have no idea why this was not important enough for most news outlets to  carry this news to all BWN veterans....many probably do not use a PC and depend on TV for their news.

And many of them are deceased by now but they survivors might well be eligible for DIC or accrued benefits ( or both)

You  did VERY WELL with your claims!

I am also surprised that many Vietnam vets here did not file for AO HBP.

 

 

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