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Veterans' Service Agency

Posted on: January 31, 2019


The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued a resounding decision in favor of "Blue Water" Navy Veterans. In Procopio v. Wilkie, the Federal Circuit has ruled by a 9-2 margin that the VA's interpretation of the law was indefensible, and that Blue Water Navy Veterans are entitled to the same legal presumptions concerning Agent Orange exposure that all other Veterans who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War receive. It means that an entire class of Veterans who were denied disability compensation benefits for decades is now suddenly eligible to receive disability compensation for current disabling conditions presumptively linked to Agent Orange.Many of you have longstanding cases for Blue Water Navy Veterans who filed for Type II diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, ischemic heart disease, and other Agent Orange presumptive conditions. Now is the time to pursue these cases immediately on the basis that the Federal Circuit's decision in Procopio V.S Wilkie requires the VA to extend the Agent Orange exposure presumptions to all Blue Water Veterans.

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