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.
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