Per the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards:
The following Veterans may have been exposed to herbicides and may qualify for VA benefits:
- U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near or on the air base perimeter anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
- U.S. Army Veterans who provided perimeter security on RTAF bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
- U.S. Army Veterans who were stationed on some small Army installations in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975. However, the Army Veteran must have been a member of a military police (MP) unit or was assigned an MP military occupational specialty whose duty placed him/her
at or near the base perimeter.
Major Thailand Marine Air Base not listed:
· NAM PHONG ROYAL THAI AIR FORCE BASE -
(Home to a major U.S. Marine Combat Air Wing and supporting units; U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion; U.S. Army Green Berets; U.S. Special Forces.)
Thailand Remote Radar Stations not listed:
· Mukdahan, Viking Station, RTAFBR*
· Ko Kha - Radar Cobra Talon*
· Khao Khieo (Green Hill) – Dressy Lady*
· Bang Sung*
Th* Please note that the VA also does recognized the small Army installations for direct herbicide exposure
If you feel that you qualify, and to receive benefits for diseases associated with herbicide exposure for Thailand base Vietnam Era Veterans, the veteran must establish a Direct Service Connection Claim for herbicide exposure related diseases.
The Veteran must show on a factual basis that they were exposed to herbicides during their service by showing:
- Evidence of daily work duties, performance evaluation reports, or other credible evidence on or near the perimeter.
- Medical diagnosis for current listed disease condition that is associated with herbicide exposure.
Don't let the VA isolate compensation to just the Air Policemen and Army MPs who were on the perimeter. Most Air Force personel were assigned to Augmentation duty for a month or so because they didn't have enough to guard the perimeter, in addition many worked on the flight line near these perimeters, and many housing units were near perimeters.
If you have met these criteria, then file a Direct Service Claim with your local Regional Office.
Your claim should include a copy of the base flight line map of your assigned base in Thailand,(these can be retrieved from other posts on this thread below) and then showing your work location as it pertains to the perimeter on the copy of the map.
Also submit copies of these two bulletins and Army information on herbicides shipment to Thailand letter with your claim:
· The following link is information only concerning The defense of Thailand bases and the need to obtain Ambassador approval before applying herbicides: http://www.bluewaternavy.org/Thailand/USMACTHAI%20JUSMAGTHAI%20Mission%20Policy%20on%20Base%20Defense.pdf
B Both VA C&P Bulletins (May 2010, Dec 2011) instruct VA claim raters to grant exposure benefits to all veterans who can prove they worked ON or NEAR the perimeter of their installation. Now it seems that many claim raters ignore these instructions and frequently ignore their own rules and they will then apply the old rules to Thai Veterans, so make sure you send them copies with your claim.
N How as far as what constitutes the term "near"? Well, the VA does not explain in their communication what this constitutes. But an Army Field Manual 3-3, that the VA has had in fact for decades could be used to define this "near". The manual In relation to distance of potential coverage or exposure from a targeted spraying area it is being shown as 500 meters. Now converted this turns out to be 1640.42 feet.
This 500-meter (1640.42 feet) distance can be applied from the sprayed perimeter fencing. To mentally create in your mind and the VSO or/and VA Rater the picture of this distance, think of it as being longer than 5 football fields laid end to end. The length dimension of a regulation NFL football field is 300 feet (not counting the 30 feet each field goal ends)
T This covers at lot of area including those bases that had living quarters next to perimeter fences. The VA for some reason thinks that tactical herbicide exposure is only applicable when working and not our living quarters.
This Linked takes you to the Army Manual: http://veteransvoteyourcause.com/files/tactical_employment_of_herbicides.pdf
This is not a Direct Claim for Agent Orange exposure, it is for Herbicide exposure only.
· Additional information can be obtained at the following: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/thailand.asp