If you served boots on the ground in Vietnam, in or near the Korean DMZ, or on or near the perimeter of a Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand and developed specific conditions, the US government may compensate you for Agent Orange related disabilities.
Determining Whether a Veteran Was Exposed to Agent Orange
To determine whether you may have been exposed to Agent Orange, you must consider where and when you served. If any of the scenarios below apply to you, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations may assume that you were exposed to Agent Orange. Did you serve in or near:
- Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975;
- the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971;
- a military base in Thailand between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975;
- a C-123 plane after the war;
- on an open sea ship off the coast of Vietnam during the war;
- aboard Coast Guard or US Navy ships in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975; or
- any military base used for storing Agent Orange?
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Medical Problems Linked to Agent Orange Exposure
Of the many effects of exposure to Agent Orange, some of the most common include:
- Prostate cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Ischemic heart disease (including Coronary artery disease)
- Diabetes mellitus (type 2)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Respiratory cancers
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Soft Tissue sarcomas
- Chronic B-cell leukemia
- AL amyloidosis
- Porphyria cutanea tarda
If you believe that exposure to Agent Orange has caused you to develop one or more of the above conditions, you may qualify for service connection for such condition(s) due to Agent Orange exposure.
Even today, veterans of the Vietnam War are receiving new diagnoses of cancers and other potentially life-threatening conditions linked to Agent Orange exposure. Call 1-(888) 392-5392 to get help from a VA disability lawyer today.
Agent Orange Exposure: Presumed Service Connection
Any veteran who served in any of the places in the section above, and is suffering from one of the above conditions, may not need to prove a link to a specific in-service event. VA regulations presume service connection in many of these cases.
If Your Condition is Not Listed, You Might Still Qualify for Benefits
Your service records will help a VA disability lawyer determine whether you were likely exposed to Agent Orange. Although the conditions listed above are most commonly linked to exposure, you may still qualify to receive benefits if you are suffering from an unlisted condition. Under these circumstances, however, VA’s presumed service connection will not apply.
Other Benefits Related to Agent Orange Exposure
The federal government may also provide compensation to children with certain birth defects who are the biological offspring of qualifying Veterans. These children may be eligible for VA compensation and vocational training.
Survivors of veterans who died from a condition linked to Agent Orange exposure may also qualify for VA benefits. In addition to compensation for medical expenses, survivors may also be entitled to home loan benefits and compensation for educational expenses.
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Agent Orange Registry Exam
The Agent Orange Registry health exam is a free exam offered by VA that can determine if you are suffering from a medical condition(s) related to herbicide exposure. This exam is not required to obtain benefits, however.
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If you are suffering from a medical condition linked to Agent Orange exposure, you may have a right to obtain compensation for your injuries and the US government may pay for your Agent Orange injuries. Even if your initial claim is denied—which frequently occurs—you can appeal the decision. A VA disability lawyer will help you to navigate this process so that you can focus on healing. Call 1-(888) 392-5392 for VA disability legal help today.