C-123 Aircraft: What Happened to the Planes After Vietnam?
The VA has admitted that there is evidence showing that airmen who worked on C-123 airplanes used in Vietnam may have been exposed to Agent Orange. Air Force and Air Force Reserve Members who served between 1969 and 1986 and either operated, maintained, or served onboard C-123 aircraft were exposed to Agent Orange, and may experience the numerous illnesses associated with Agent Orange as a result.
A 2015 report found that service members who regularly had contact with C-123 aircraft would have experienced some exposure to herbicide residue. This exposure could contribute to some adverse health issues.
Eligibility for Active Duty and Reservists
Active duty service members who served in an Air Force unit location where a contaminated C-123 was assigned, who had regular and repeated contact with the C-123, and who have a disability that has been associated with Agent Orange, should apply for VA benefits.
Reservists with an Agent Orange-related disability can also apply if they served at Lockbourne/Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Ohio, Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, or International Airport (758th Airlift Squadron) during the required time period.
Reservists who served as flight crew, maintenance crew, or aeromedical personnel would have experienced some exposure to residue from Agent Orange.
Agent Orange-related Disabilities
The following disabilities have been associated with Agent Orange exposure:
• Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
• Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
• Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)
Veterans with any of these health conditions who were exposed to contaminated C-123 aircraft should consider applying for VA disability benefits.
If your illness is associated with Agent Orange exposure, you will not have to prove that it is connected to your military service. However, for other illnesses, you will need to provide medical evidence showing a connection to service.
Veterans will have to show that they regularly had contact with the C-123 aircraft and provide evidence of their disability. You can apply for benefits online or by mail.
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