Helping with the Aftermath of Agent Orange Exposure in Veterans
The U.S. military sprayed nearly 20 million gallons of “rainbow herbicides” and other defoliants in order to kill the vegetation and better combat enemy forces. During these operations, Agent Orange was sprayed from helicopters or other low-flying aircraft, trucks boats, and even man-portable backpack sprayers.
Decades after the war had ended, Veterans who were exposed to these chemicals continue to experience issues related to that exposure. As a result, the VA and federal law now presume that certain illnesses are related to Agent Orange. If you’re experiencing issues that you believe are related to exposure to Agent Orange, then you need to file a disability claim.
For assistance with filing a claim related to Agent Orange or another injury during your service to our country, please reach out to us today. We are here to help you get the benefits you earned as part of your service to our country.
Effects of Agent Orange Exposure to Veterans
Diseases and Disorders Presumptively Related to Exposure to Agent Orange
The US Government and the VA recognize that certain health problems are the result of exposure to Agent Orange and the other herbicides used during the Vietnam conflict. By creating this list, the VA hoped to streamline disability claims for veterans who were exposed to these dangerous chemicals.
These are the diseases and disorders presumed to be caused by Agent Orange exposure:
- Prostate Cancer
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- AL Amyloidosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Chronix B-Cell Leukemia
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Multiple Myeloma
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Respiratory Cancers (lunch, trachea, larynx)
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
- Type-2 Diabetes
Birth Defects Associated with Agent Orange Exposure
Biological children of Veterans who meet qualifying service in either Korea or Vietnam and who have specific birth defects may also be eligible to receive benefits from the VA. Eligibility must be determined by the VA and would have resulted in a permanent or physical disability.
Ischemic Heart Disease and Agent Orange Exposure
A report that linked exposure to Agent Orange and Ischemic Heart Disease was put out by the Institute of Medicine in 2008. Within two years the VA also began accepting that ischemic heart disease as one of the presumptive diseases from Agent Orange exposure. This means that Veterans who suffer from ischemic heart disease who were exposed to Agent Orange as part of their service should automatically be entitled to benefits from the VA.
The VA announced that some Veterans or their surviving spouses may be entitled to retroactive benefits if they have ischemic heart disease. If benefits were previously denied, then an appeal should be submitted immediately to ensure the claim is reviewed. This should especially be done if the denial happened prior to 2010.
If the veteran passed away due to ischemic heart disease, then any surviving spouses, dependant children, or dependant parents may qualify for compensation from the VA.
Denied Benefits from the VA?
Did the VA deny you the benefits you are entitled to? If so you must file your appeal as quickly as possible. There is a limited time to submit the required evidence and the VA is strict timelines and requirements they adhere to.
Are you one of the thousands of Veteran’s Claims that have been denied by the VA? Have you received a decision that is lower than you expected? As a Veteran who has served your country, YOU should receive Disability Benefits.
If you were injured and haven’t received the VA benefits you deserve, please call Chad Barr Law today at (407) 599-9036 and discuss your case with an experienced Orlando Veterans Benefits Attorney, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.