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You Might Qualify for VA Disability Benefits

Did you serve in Thailand, Vietnam, or the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the 1960s or 1970s? Do you now have cancer or another medical condition?

If so, you might be eligible for VA disability benefits due to exposure to Agent Orange.

Fill out the form on this page for a FREE case evaluation.

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What is Agent Orange?

Agent Orange is an herbicide agent that was used by the United States during the Vietnam War. Specifically, Agent Orange is a 50/50 mixture of two kinds of herbicide agents: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. Agent Orange also contained the contaminant TCDD as a byproduct of its production, which is the most toxic of all dioxins. Agent Orange is just one of the “rainbow herbicides” used during the Vietnam War. Herbicide agents were used in the Vietnam War for two main purposes: (1) to destroy the enemy’s crops to interrupt their food supply, and (2) to destroy foliage in the jungle and increase visibility to prevent ambush attacks. During the Vietnam War, herbicides, including Agent Orange, were sprayed in mainly four ways:

  1. C-123 aircraft were used to spray herbicides over the jungles of Vietnam during Operation Ranch Hand. These C-123 aircraft were modified with tanks to carry the herbicides.
  2. Helicopters were used to spray smaller areas.
  3. Buffalo turbines (i.e. truck-monitored sprayers) were used to spray roadsides and perimeters.
  4. Hand-held sprayers were also used as a method of spraying herbicides.

How do I get disability for Agent Orange exposure?

To get VA disability for Agent Orange exposure, we must prove the following:

  • In-service exposure to Agent Orange.
  • Current diagnosis of a medical condition associated with Agent Orange.

VA presumes that veterans who served in the following locations during the specified timeframes were exposed to Agent Orange:

  • Veterans with boots-on-the-ground in Vietnam; veterans with service aboard a ship that operated in the inland waterways of Vietnam (i.e. Brown Water veterans); or veterans who served aboard ships in Vietnam’s territorial seas (i.e. Blue Water Navy veterans) between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975
  • In or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971
  • active duty and reservist personnel who had regular contact with C-123 aircraft between 1969 and 1986

We gather the evidence you need to prove you meet these criteria.

Agent Orange Exposure in Thailand

VA also recognizes that veterans whose service involved duty on or near the perimeters of certain Royal Thai Air Force Bases in Thailand between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 may have been exposed to Agent Orange as well. While Thailand veterans are not entitled to the same presumptions, they may still qualify for VA disability benefits if they can prove exposure on a facts-found basis. We have done extensive research regarding herbicide exposure in Thailand and have experiencing representing veterans in these claims.

Agent Orange in Other Locations

If you served elsewhere during this time period, you may still be eligible for service connection. The military used Agent Orange in other locations. We will examine your military service and determine if you might qualify.

What health conditions does VA associate with Agent Orange?

The list of conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure includes:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Diabetes Mellitus, type II
  • Heart Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Lung and Respiratory Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Multiple Myeloma

This list is not exhaustive. If you believe your medical condition is associated with Agent Orange exposure, fill out the form on the right. Let us review your case to see if you qualify for VA disability benefits.

Secondary Conditions Related to Agent Orange Exposure

It is important to note that if further disease or disability results from one of the presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure, you can file a claim for secondary service connection. In order for VA to grant secondary service connection, veterans must demonstrate the following:

  • A diagnosis for the secondary disability; and
  • Medical evidence showing the relationship between the service-connected disability and the secondary disability.

Examples of common secondary conditions related to Agent Orange exposure, including peripheral neuropathy as secondary to diabetes mellitus type II and depression as secondary to cancer.

How much can I receive in benefits?

The VA rates active cancer at the 100 percent disability rating. Currently, the monthly benefit amount is $3057.13. You can receive additional money if you have a spouse, children, or dependent parents.

How do I apply for VA disability benefits for Agent Orange

You can apply online using eBenefits or in person with a VA agent. But we recommend working with a lawyer at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD. We can help you determine if you qualify and build a compelling case.

Fill out the form on the right for a FREE case evaluation.


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