Expanded Benefit for Agent Orange?

The early stages of American involvement in Vietnam primarily consisted of the deployment of Agent Orange defoliants under Operation Ranch Hand. While the chemical was supposedly effective in reducing vegetation cover for Viet Cong insurgents, health issues have persisted on both sides. Securing VA benefits for Air Force personnel affected by Agent Orange may be possible under expanded regulations approved in June 2015, and proving your eligibility would require the services of a team of veterans disability lawyers.

A number of health problems are recognized by the VA as “presumptive diseases” connected to Agent Orange exposure. They are:

  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemia
  • Chloracne
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type II
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (Early Onset)
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas

The expansion to the rule was decided based on the results of new research conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Science. Veterans Affairs Secretary stated that the review provided the necessary supporting evidence for them to ensure full compensation of the concerned veterans.

It’s never too late to fight for compensation over operations in Vietnam. Schedule a consultation with your lawyer now.

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