The effects of war often seem to lend an “act now, learn later” quotient to history as we know it. Agent Orange is certainly one of these examples. As we were striving to beat the enemy by spraying the poisonous herbicide down on the North Vietnamese, we also exposed U.S. troops—and they have been feeling the effects for decades. Most were exposed to Agent Orange during the time period from 1962 to 1975 in Vietnam.
Veterans have since begun presenting with a long list of conditions and diseases, to include everything from multiple myeloma to prostate and respiratory cancers—and many, many more. Some diseases found to be related to exposure to Agent Orange are now considered presumptive because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has evidence of their association with the herbicide.
The VA is still engaged in numerous studies regarding Agent Orange and the effects of its main ingredient that is so damaging: dioxin. The VA lists the following studies as ongoing:
The Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study – this is ongoing in the U.S., and focuses in on the health issues being experienced by veterans who were in Vietnam, in comparison to civilians never in the area.
The Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study – in this study, 4,000 veterans who were in the area are being studied regarding diseases such as hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Long Term Health Outcomes of Women’s Service During the Vietnam Era – the VA states that this is ‘the most comprehensive study to date’ in terms of studying female veterans. They are using the data to create further research studies in studying veterans who are women, as well as ‘planning appropriate services,’ especially as they age further.
If you are thinking about filing a claim or an appeal related to Agent Orange exposure and would like experienced counsel, contact Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, and let us handle the legal issues while you focus on your health. We work with veterans around the country in helping them to claim the disability benefits they deserve, and we are here to help you!
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