DEATHS

Jimmy Ray "JR" Hutson, 73

Born May 5, 1946

Died February 16, 2020

John V. Allen Jr., 65

Born December 9, 1954

Died February 16, 2020

Deborah Moore, 61

Born December 10, 1958

Died February 15, 2020

Jessi Michelle Haworth , 15

Born September 3, 2004

Died February 15, 2020

Mary Lois VanBeber-Coffman, 94

Born September 2, 1925

Died February 15, 2020

Myrtle M "Punkie" Staton, 80

Born June 15, 1939

Died February 15, 2020

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Monday, February 3, 2020, 8:16 AM

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Signed into law June 25, 2019, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between January 6, 1962, and May 7, 1975, as well as veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone between January 1, 1967, and August 31, 1971.

These Veterans can now apply for disability compensation and other benefits if they have since developed one of 14 conditions that are presumed to be related to exposure to herbicides. Veterans do not need to prove that they were exposed to herbicides.

The specific conditions can be found by searching the term “Agent Orange” on www.va.gov.

The VA is hosting a town hall on the subject on Wednesday at VFW Post 577, 1109 E. 6th St. in Tulsa at 6 p.m.

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