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VA updates DOD list identifying Agent Orange sites outside of Vietnam

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted at 1:46 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 14:46:28-05

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs has released an updated Department of Defense list of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United State military.

“This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA depends on DOD to provide information regarding in-service environmental exposure for disability claims based on exposure to herbicides outside of Vietnam.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced earlier this year that it would begin deciding claims for Blue Water Navy veterans that were exposed to the toxic chemical known as Agent Orange.

The chemical has been known to cause multiple diseases.

According to research by the Veterans Affairs, 20 million gallons of Agent Orange was sprayed during the Vietnam War, and about 2.7 million U.S. military personnel may have been exposed.

The VA says the DOD conducted a thorough review of research, reports and government publications in response to a November 2018 Government Accountability Office report.

“DOD will continue to be responsive to the needs of our interagency partners in all matters related to taking care of both current and former service members,” said Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. “The updated list includes Agents Orange, Pink, Green, Purple, Blue and White, and other chemicals and will be updated as verifiable information becomes available.”

To see the full list of locations click here.

Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including an Agent Orange Registry health exam, health care and disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.