VA reaches milestone, completing nearly half of Blue Water Navy disability claims received since beginning of year
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, t has decided more than 34,000 Blue Water Navy disability claims, under the , effective Jan. 1, — which extends the presumption of exposure to herbicides such as to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
As of Sept. 30, VA has processed 34,415 (48%) of 69,570 claims received, of which 24,328 (71%) have been granted — awarding more than $664 million in retroactive benefits to eligible Veterans and families.
“It’s important we ensure Blue Water Navy Veterans and their families receive the benefits they’ve earned,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “As a result, VA will continue to get the word out via our social media channels, public service announcements and Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) — to ensure every Veteran who is eligible applies as soon as possible.”