Blue Water Navy Veterans Denied By VA
USVCP Staff Writers
September 25, 2018
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie remains adamant and steadfast that his data clearly indicates that there is no evidence which shows a link between Agent Orange exposure and Blue Water Navy veterans in Southeast Asia.
Recently, in a letter he sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (SVAC), Wilkie reinstated VA's contention that there is no basis for the presumption of Agent Orange exposure for Blue Water Navy veterans. As a result, the VA remains in violent opposition to Bill H.R. 299, a Bill that would possibly extend disability benefits covering medical conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure to veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam. In spite of support from Congress and multiple veterans organizations. H.R. 299 passed unanimously out of the House with a vote of 382-0.
James Lleras, 10/6/18
It's unfortunate that neither VA Secretary Robert Wilkie or POTUS don't know much about being a veteran, let along a Vietnam veteran suffering from illnesses or deceases due to Agent Orange contamination. Otherwise, they would be in support of these American that served their country without question, unlike our POTUS.
Martin Kuettel, 10/6/18
I believe Secretary Wilkie and the VA are wrong. Drinking water on Blue Water ships has been proven to be contaminated with Agent Orange as well as airborne contaminates. In June 2018 the House passed H.R.299 with a 382-0 vote. The Senate has not acted on the companion bill. Blue Water veterans deserve better.
John R. Morgan, Sr., 10/1/18
I was on two destroyers and had missions up river on a few occasions and the vegetation was blown into the air and drifted out to the ships. Even though I submitted those two ships with logs showing they in fact went upriver as well as LKA 115 USS Mobile loading and unloading equipment, supplies from Viet Nam back to the states but that was not added as well. I had symptoms of type II diabetes about 10 years after being in Viet Nam on those ships but the VA will do anything to save the government money even deny and lie to do just that save money. The rating system is flawed as well instead of dividing the maximum by 10 for the 10 percent base and then multiplying that by the percent of rating they don't. For instance at 90 percent 9 times the base which amounts to about $1,800 so the 10 percent to make it 100 percent which amounts to about $3,145 gets deflated by almost 50 percent . The VA puts many conditions together and gives a smaller percentage instead as well. I now have a detached retine in my right eye of which have not claimed. When the VA takes away the unemplyability when I reach 70 year old since I will be unemployable they will take the unemployability away which I expect they will. When they do my other conditions I have not claimed I will sue the VA instead for they gave me degenerative bone disease in both my knees but my whole spine has stenosis, bulging discs, pinched nerves, flattening of my spinal cord in the tail bone area and had neck fusion surgery which was the same. I suffer with my neck getting off center and pop it back in almost every morning and my back is getting worse but I will not claim until my legs get worse because of my back as well. These are the types of things the VA pulls and get away with and have for decades. Live in constant pain and follow my doctors instuctions they will probably take away the pain medications and have done the same to other veterans. They end up committing suicide and the VA can not figure out why. Try suffering with pain so much they end it all to stop the pain. All of my conditions are service connected but the VA tries to take that away. I can go to outside doctors for have Medicare and outside medical insurance was lucky made it thru to get to retire from a government job but the VA charges my outside insurance for my service connected conditions which is fraud in my eyes for the VA should be covering those conditions not my outside insurance. I found out how bad my conditions were by seeing outside doctors and getting the truth instead of a bunch of lies from the VA doctors. Not all the VA doctors are that way and only lucky that my VA doctors told me if I had the insurance to take advantage of it for the VA will take too long which they already have. Could go on and on but this is my statement as to what the VA does to most of us veterans and gets away with it for Blue Water or Brown Water we can get exposed and just by one little thing the VA denies it. Sound almost like Social Security which I paid into but am not eligible because I did not work enough quarters for had a Civil Service job and did not pay into it. Meanwhile my amount in Social Security is getting smaller as to the amount I paid in and I am not even using it. I have to pay Medicare out of pocket and they increase it each year by a percentage but others get it and they take it out of the Social Security and it does not increase. The way the government calculates these services need to be reevaluated.
Dennis Kraft, 9/26/18
The VA turns a blind eye to the Blue Water vets just as they do to the human guinea pigs of the chemical weapons testing at Edgewood Arsenal Maryland until it was stopped in 1975. The VA States the testing look for the good of the army and that Congress has placed new guidelines as of today to support the veterans to be treated.
Gary Kinnard, 9/25/18
I am a Vietnam Vet. and was in the Army. I have not had anything to do with the Navy, but I will put in my two cents! I live in Austin, Texas and within the past months, we have had dust storms hit the Texas area that came from Africa. Unless the Government can say without a shadow of a doubt that the wind did not blow out to sea toward the ships and careering the Agent Orange mist. I feel that if a ship was within a reasonable distance from the coast of Vietnam they should be considered for benefits. I myself have had four surgeries for cancer from AO, and let me tell you that it is not fun. God Bless all my brothers that have served and thank you for your service!
Sam Barraco, 9/25/18
Just waiting for my toe tag.