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http://www.va.gov/

Estes Crew are now elligible for a Cold War Certificate Program
https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Awards%20and%20Decorations%20Branch%20-%20Cold%20War%20Certificate%20Program

Atomic Vet Benefit
Veterans of atmospheric nuclear tests and surviving decendants may be elligible for maximum benefit of $75,000.
For information call:
1-800-729-7327 - Justice Dept's RECA (Radiation Exposure Compensation Act) review
1-800-749-8387 - Department of Veteran's Affairs
1-800-462-3683 - Defense Department's Nuclear Test Personnel review

Agent Orange Exposure in Vietnam - Blue Water Sailors        5/24/16
Information about the Estes and Agent Orange and Cancer Compensation.

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/bluewaterveterans.asp - Blue Water Veterans and Agent Orange
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/vietnam.asp - Exposures to Agent Orange in Vietnam
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/index.asp - Estes is in the Alphabetized Ship List

Also - Search  "Blue Water Agent Orange" from
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/

House votes to Expand Benefits for Blue Water Sailors - Military Times -- 5/19/2016
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/05/19/house-votes-expand-benefits-vietnam-blue-water-navy-vets/84602742/

USS Estes Awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation -- 12/29/16

Hi,
I just received a letter from BUPERS that Estes DID participate in Amphibious Ready Group from Jan. 6-16 1967 and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. I am awaiting the formal update to my DD 214,and have an address for that. It is:
Navy Personnel Command
PERS 312A
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington TN 38055-3120.

There is "a tremendous backlog", so I will await that update. Please feel free to forward this info to anyone interested.
Thanks,
John Ainsworth, SK3, 8/66-8/68


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