VA Fast Track for Agent Orange Retroactive Benefits

Photo courtesy of the VA website.

A year ago, the Veterans Affairs Department expanded its list of diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange to include Ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease,  hairy cell leukemia and other chronic B-cell leukemias.

Since then, about 89,000 Vietnam veterans and their survivors have received benefits exceeding $2 billion. But, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is encourage other potentially eligible Vietnam veterans to apply soon.

Those potentially eligible for Agent Orange Claims:

  • exposure based on duty or visitation in Vietnam or its inland waterways between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975
  • exposure along the demilitarized zone in Korea between April 1, 1968 and Aug. 31, 1971
  • exposure due to herbicide tests and storage at military bases within and outside the United States

Claims related to the new conditions can be filed for fast track at the Agent Orange Claims Processing System.

Information about presumptive diseases and disability compensation is available at the VA Agent Orange website. Or you can call the VA’s Special Issues Helpline at 1-800-749-8387 and press 3.

9 Responses

  1. Get it if you can.

  2. Vietnam Veteran with documented Ischemic. Filed with VA through Texas Veterans Commission Officers, claim sent to VA Fast Track. Twice they requested same information and eventually dumped my claim back to the regional office. After one year I have heard nothing, except being sent to a C&P several months ago, AFTER, it was requested by the regional office. Go figure, Fast Track? I don’t think so. Maybe Fast Trick?

  3. Fast Track worked great for me!! I wish I had applied for all my symtoms at once instead of separately. I got the heart disease done quickly but am having trouble with prostate cancer which should have been a no brainer. I had the surgery at va but had no rep at comp and pen. Make sure you have representation to get it right the first time…vfw vva disabled vets or a lawyer.

    • Do you know if prostate cancer & heart disease qualify for 100% benefit value? Do either get paid retroactively from time of diagnosis? time of surgery? time of claim? Any info on this would be helpful

      • If you are awarded benifits they will be paid from the time you filed. In some cases 100% will be paid for either or both but can’t exceed compensation of 100%. You will have better luck if you have someone represent you, VFW, DAV,VVA or a private attorney. The people at the VA are paid to deny you the benifits for any dumb reason, do not trust them. Get some help!!

      • Paid retroactively when they receive claim. If it takes a year to process, you are still paid as of date they received claim.

  4. why are the va paid to deny your claim?


  6. The government and VA are not fast tracking and need to expand the presumptive dates for the Korean DMZ! Veterans before and after the B.S. presumptive dates of 68 to 71, are suffering from A.O. now!!!!

    Our Korean brothers are probable in the same boat!!!!!

    VA/Feds admit to using A.O. in Korea, admit to the fact that the Dioxins reside in the ground/soil for decades. But don’t flipping admit that soldiers were exposed to that very ground for over 20 years. And that every ground has never been clean up by the US or the ROKs.

    My own children have A.O. birth defects!!!! Or is this going to be another cover up! Piss on your veterans and Troops ordeal????

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