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Arrow Blue Water Navy & AO Updated List Of Ships

Updated List of All Navy and Coast Guard Ships Associated with Service in Vietnam and Exposure to Herbicide Agents here:

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/ListRevision5-16.11.pdf

Da Nang Harbor Report found here:

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Arrow Hospital Ships USS REPOSE And USS Sancturay In Da Nang Harbor

http://ussrepose.org/history.htm
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Watch for updates on the Blue Water Navy Site to this list. This is not all of them that should be covered.

The USS Repose and USS Sanctuary didn't make the first list out.

Below is a link to the VA VAntage Blog:

http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/?p=3343

Read the comments below the article. There is a lot of good information in the comments section. Sone of the info refutes the information in the article.

(Joy, no problem, hope all that read here will pass it on)
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This Institute of Medicine Report is a must read for the Veteran, Veteran Service Officers and legal representatives. Please pass it on.

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/IOMReport.htm
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Blue Water Navy Documents

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/documentspage.htm

Please pay close attention to these two articles:

Water Distillation

Australian - New Zealand Vietnam Veterans
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God Bless those responsible for all the work done for our Vietnam Veterans on the Blue Water Navy Site! Although I don’t know the owners my intention for posting the links here on PF was to give the information they have posted even wider exposure as all that read here pass these links on to others. In doing so it may mean medical care and financial help for many Vietnam Veterans suffering with debilitating disease due to exposure to dioxin laced herbicides.
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Thanks , Sis. Was lucky to know a man who served on the USS Repose in Vietnam and honored to call him Brother
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H. R. 2254 and S-1939 (archive 2010)

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This life-saving bill is designed to extend the presumption of herbicide (Agent Orange) exposure to US Navy veterans serving offshore. Informally, we are told that members of the House are hesitant to move because of its potential cost. It is estimated that approximately 265,000 “blue water” Navy and/or US Marine Corps personnel or their surviving family members will file claims if these two bills become law.

In 1999, the Royal Australian Department of Veterans Affairs discovered Agent Orange related cancers among sailors of their Navy who had never set foot in Vietnam . Australian Sailors were developing cancer at an even higher rate than those who served on the ground. The Australians found that the distilling process, used by ships to convert salt water to potable drinking water, was using contaminated water. That process actually enhanced the effect of the dioxin producing an Agent Orange cocktail that was ingested by the sailors through their drinking water. The American VA has inexplicably rejected the study. Although the Australians have granted an exposure presumption for over five years, the Americans continue to deny the claims.

In July of 2009, the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s committee on Agent Orange independently validated the Australian report and recommended that the exposure presumption be extended to the Navy veterans. The IOM is required by law to provide recommendations and scientific support to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA has rejected the IOM recommendation without adequate explanation.

H. R. 2254 and S-1939 will correct this problem.
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so there you have it. the Australian Gov provides compensation to all Australian sailors who served in the conflict. however the VA here denied the IOM's findings as false and misleading

add to it the director of the VA testified blue water sailors (USN) do not qualify because our ships came no closer than 200 mi of the beach !!! what an outright lie. we were in as close as five mi. plus no shells fired from that distance could reach the beach



this is me on the signal bridge. and although hard to see is the vietnam coastline behind me and to the left



that IS the coast of Nam in the background
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