Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being determined

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the  Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office.

The Voice | Issue 3 - Fiscal Year 2019

VA Center for Minority Veterans Newsletter

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Executive Director’s Corner

Stephen Dillard, CMV DirectorRecognizing, Engaging and Celebrating our Hispanic and Latinos Veterans

This September marked 51 years that the United States of America under Public Law, 90-498 celebrated and proclaimed September 15 - October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. This month we recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans heritage and culture. At the Center for Minority Veterans, we will celebrate the brave and courageous Hispanic and Latino Americans, military personnel and Veterans that have “borne the battle.” Because of their sacrifice, we can experience and enjoy the freedom and democracy in the greatest country ever…the United States of America!

Four important things to know about Appeals Modernization 

3Learn about how the new appeals process benefits Veterans who disagree with their VA claim decision.


Here are four important things Veterans need to know about AMA:

VA launches Veterans Legacy Memorial to honor deceased Veterans online

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA) launched the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM), Aug. 14, the country's first digital platform dedicated entirely to the preservation of the memory of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries.

VA extends Agent Orange presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ Veterans

Eligible Veterans may now be entitled to disability compensation benefits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for “Blue Water Navy” Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975.