"Eligibility for Veterans outside of Vietnam or KoreaVeterans who do not meet the criteria for presumed exposure to Agent Orange may be eligible for service-connection for related disabilities. This includes:
- Blue Water Veteranswho served on ships off the shore of Vietnam that did not operate on the inland waterways of Vietnam, or who did not set foot in Vietnam. Check VA's list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam.
- Veterans who served on or near the perimeters of military bases in Thailand during the Vietnam Era
- Veterans who served where herbicides were tested and stored outside of Vietnam
- Veterans who were crew members on C-123 planes flown after the Vietnam War
These Veterans must show that they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service to be eligible for service-connection for presumptive diseases related to Agent Orange exposure."
Could this be the shining light we've been looking for? This is the first time the VA has actually stated that C-123 veterans can be eligible if we show our exposure to Agent Orange, and in which they have included us with certain Blue Water Navy and Thailand veterans.