The official blog for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point, has produced a “Top 10 List” of important information all veterans should know about the herbicide Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. It was sprayed on trees, vegetation, forests and waterways along boarders in Cambodia, Laos, and in South Vietnam.
The list is below, and you can read the full details on today’s VAntage Point.
- Agent Orange was a herbicide and defoliant used in Vietnam.
- Any Veteran who served anywhere in Vietnam during the war is presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.
- VA has linked several diseases and health conditions to Agent Orange exposure.
- Veterans who want to be considered for disability compensation must file a claim.
- VA offers health care benefits for Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service.
- Participating in an Agent Orange Registry health exam helps other Veterans and the VA.
- VA recognizes and offers support for the children of Veterans affected by Agent Orange who have birth defects.
- Vietnam Veterans are not the only Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange.
- VA continues to conduct research on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange.
- VA contracts with an independent, non-governmental organization to review the scientific information on Agent Orange.
The VA blog entry is written by Dr. Ralph Erickson, a 32-year Army Veteran of the Gulf War (1990-91) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003) who has also served as Commander of The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Command Surgeon, US Central Command; and Director, DoD Global Emerging Infections and Response System (DOD-GEIS).