Veteran advocates are urging Navy and Coast Guard personnel who served in Vietnam to review an updated list of vessels that were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released the new list of vessels that operated in the rivers and deltas of Vietnam. Additions include all Coast Guard vessels with the hull designation WPB (patrol boat) and WHEC (high-endurance cutter).
Veterans whose military records confirm they served aboard one of these ships can have their VA benefits claims expedited, according to the Fleet Reserve Association, which represents enlisted members of the sea services. Agent Orange has been connected to certain kinds of cancer and other ailments.
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