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Service in Vietnam

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims has announced a landmark decision in the case of Haas vs. Nicholson, August 16, 2006. The Court's ruling states that Veterans Affairs requirement for "boots on the ground" as the definition of "service in the Republic of Vietnam" is unreasonable and does not align with Congress' intent. The law does not limit application of the presumption of service connection for herbicide exposure to those who set foot on the soil of the Republic of Vietnam.

The Court cited that the law defines "service in the Republic of Vietnam" as including "service in the waters offshore, or service in other locations if the conditions of service involved duty or visitation in Vietnam." Veterans who have previously been denied VA disability compensation due to Agent Orange exposure should reapply.

Learn more about Agent Orange Exposure on the Veterans Affairs website.