Disabilities related to Agent Orange

The U.S. military sprayed more than 20 million gallons of various herbicides over Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos from 1961 to 1971. Agent Orange, which contained the deadly chemical dioxin, was the most commonly used herbicide sprayed during the war. The chemicals were also used and handled in various other military installations across the world.

For years, the VA denied that Agent Orange and other herbicides caused long-term health effects. Medical studies and Congressional action forced the VA to recognize the harm caused by the exposure to these chemicals.

Currently, the VA recognizes the following conditions are related to exposure to Agent Orange:

  • AL amyloidosis

  • Chloracne or other acneform disease consistent with chloracne

  • Type 2 diabetes (also known as Type II diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes)

  • Hodgkin’s disease

  • Ischemic heart disease (including, but not limited to, acute, subacute, and old myocardial infarction; atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease including coronary artery disease (including coronary spasm) and coronary bypass surgery; and stable, unstable and Prinzmetal’s angina)

  • All chronic B-cell leukemias (including, but not limited to, hairy-cell leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia)

  • Multiple myeloma

  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Early-onset peripheral neuropathy

  • Porphyria cutanea tarda

  • Prostate cancer

  • Respiratory cancers (cancer of the lung, bronchus, larynx, or trachea)

  • Soft-tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

If you were exposed to Agent Orange during service in the Republic of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos, and suffer or suffered from one of the aforementioned conditions then you may be entitled to VA Disability Benefits.

The VA only recognizes service in the Republic of Vietnam as “boots on the ground” and does not extend the presumption to certain veterans who served in “Blue Water” areas around the coast of Vietnam. If you served in the Navy and at some point you went ashore or within the inland waterways of Vietnam, you may be eligible for VA Disability Benefits.

Other conditions are not yet considered to be “presumptively linked” with Agent Orange, such as hypertension. Medical evidence has already established a link between hypertension and Agent Orange exposure and the VA may soon recognize the link.

It is important to note that even if you do not fall into any of the “presumptive” categories, you may still be eligible for benefits. If you have medical evidence, such as a doctor’s opinion, that your condition is related to Agent Orange or other herbicide exposure then you may be eligible for VA Disability Benefits.

Call us today to discuss your Agent Orange related claim with a VA Disability attorney.

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