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More Veterans Eligible for Agent Orange Compensation

The official end to the Vietnam era came nearly 50 years ago in May of 1975. That was not the end of the many battles veterans of the Vietnam era have fought seeking recognition, treatment, and compensation for illnesses they have suffered from as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. 

Veterans impacted by Agent Orange range in age from mid 60’s, to well into their 80’s. Many who have suffered from illnesses from exposure to Agent Orange have died. 

Thousands of veterans applied for benefits from the Veterans Administration over the years and were denied. Many gave up and have suffered the consequences of not getting the help they need and deserve, medically and financially. 

The last few years have brought significant changes to the eligibility requirements. Many veterans who are impacted by the changes in eligibility may not have heard about the changes. 

 

PACT Act 

Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act of 2022 (PACT) addressed many issues related to exposure to hazardous chemicals for veterans and family members spanning decades of service. Veterans exposed to Agent Orange are included in this important legislation. 

 

Basic Eligibility for Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits Based on Exposure to Agent Orange 

Veterans who: 

  • Have a diagnosed health condition caused by exposure to Agent Orange 
  • Served in a location where they were exposed to Agent Orange 

Both the illnesses identified as being caused by Agent Orange and the locations where exposure may have occurred has been changed over the years. 

 

Illnesses Presumptive to Have Been Caused by Exposure to Agent Orange 

  • Bladder cancer 
  • Cancers of the respiratory system 
  • Prostate cancer 
  • Hodgkin’s disease 
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 
  • Some soft tissue sarcomas 
  • Multiple myeloma 
  • Leukemia 
  • Al amyloidosis 
  • Type 2 Diabetes 
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Ischemic Heart Disease 
  • Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) 
  • Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s Disease 
  • Peripheral Neuropathy 
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda 

What are Presumptive Illnesses? 

Most of the illnesses associated with exposure to Agent Orange have been determined to be presumptive to have been caused by the exposure. Veterans who meet the eligibility do not have to prove that their exposure to Agent Orange caused the illness. 

 

Locations Added under the PACT Act 

  • Thailand from January 9, 1962, through June 30, 1976 
  • Laos from December 1, 1965, through September 30, 1969 
  • Cambodia from April 16, 1969, through April 30, 1969 
  • Guam or American Samoa or in the territorial waters off Guam or American Samoa from January 9, 1962, through July 30, 1980 
  • Johnston Atoll, January 1, 1972, through September 30, 1977 
  • Korean DMZ from September 1, 1967, and August 31, 1971 
  • Active duty in a regular Air Force unit location where C-123 aircraft had traces of Agent Orange 

Eligible Reserve locations, select units include: 

 

  • Lockbourne/Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Ohio, 1969 to 1986 
  • Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, 1972 to 1982 
  • Pittsburgh International Airport, 1972 to 1982 

Survivor Benefits 

Veteran’s spouses may be entitled to VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (VA DIC) if the veteran dies of a service-connected illness. This is a significant benefit for family members of veterans who may be newly awarded a service-connected disability for Agent Orange exposure. Many of the veterans diagnosed with the presumptive illnesses associated with Agent Orange may die of the illness making their family members eligible for VA DIC. 

 

Apply for Benefits Today 

It is not too late to apply for benefits related to Agent Orange exposure. Veterans can apply for benefits under the latest guidelines even if they have been denied before. 

Applications can be submitted directly to the Veterans Administration as an initial claim or as a supplemental claim. Veterans who are applying after being denied in the past or applying for an increase in benefits should complete a supplemental claim.  

Vets National is here to assist veterans and family members to get applications completed and submitted quickly. 

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