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SGT. SHAFT: Vet asks where to find list of units exposed to Agent Orange
Even if a veteran is not filing a claim, a veteran may conduct his or her own research and submit scanned documentary evidence such as deck logs, ship histories and cruise book entries via email to 211_AOSHIPS.VBACO@va.gov.
Service on board ships anchored in an open water harbor, such as Da Nang Harbor, or on ships on other open waters around Vietnam during the war, is not considered sufficient for the presumption of Agent Orange exposure. For veterans interested in obtaining deck logs, contact the National Archives at College Park, Md., at http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html.
The Agent Orange Claims Processing System website located at https://www.fasttrack.va.gov/AOFastTrack/ may be used to submit claims related to the three conditions added to the list of Agent Orange presumptives last year (Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell and other chronic B-cell leukemias, and ischemic heart disease).
This website makes it easy to electronically file a claim and allows veterans and their physicians to upload evidence supporting the claim. It also permits online viewing of claim status.
Veterans claiming other conditions may file online at VA’s My-eBenefits website at: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. They can check the status of their claim with a premium account (confirming their identity), and use a growing number of online services.
Service members may enroll in My-eBenefits using their Common Access Card at any time during their military service, or before they leave during their Transition Assistance Program briefings.
Veterans may also enroll through their myPay or MyHealtheVet accounts, by visiting their local VA regional office or Veteran Service Organization, or by calling 1-800-827-1000.
• The Sarge joins Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, in support of his statement regarding the conclusion of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting. The committee has extended the 2014 deadline for implementing the existing 2006 Realignment Roadmap for military basing.
“I welcome the ministers’ affirmation that the U.S.-Japan Alliance remains ‘indispensable.’ During my time in the Senate, I have consistently maintained that the U.S. must reinvigorate its role as the guarantor of stability in East Asia.
“The decisions announced today with respect to basing realignments were predictable. However, the reality of extensive delay in completing the Futenma Replacement Facility as it is now proposed underscores the importance of resolving U.S. basing realignments in a more realistic manner for the good of our alliance and for our strategic posture in East Asia. This is precisely what I, along with Senators Levin and McCain, recommended to the Secretary of Defense last month. Subsequently, I have engaged all levels of the U.S. and Japanese military and civilian leadership.
“I am confident that the provisions on East Asia basing in the defense authorization bill approved by the Senate Committee on Armed Services last week will be adopted. At that time, Congress will have provided a clear statement of intent to the Department of Defense regarding the need to evaluate and eventually adopt more realistic alternatives. I will continue to advocate a workable, cost-effective solution to reduce the burden on the Okinawan people, fulfill our commitment to the U.S.-Japan security alliance, and strengthen the U.S. contribution to regional security.”
• Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or email email@example.com.
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