Who Is Eligible for Disability Due to Agent Orange Exposure During Military Service?
There are several different categories of veterans that may be eligible for disability benefits due to Agent Orange exposure. Agent Orange exposure is associated with numerous diseases and birth defects, and compensation may be available to veterans who meet all necessary requirements.
Agent Orange Exposure and Vietnam Veterans
Veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. The VA does not require these veterans to provide any evidence showing that exposure to Agent Orange occurred.
The presumption of Agent Orange exposure also applies to some veterans who served in the Korean demilitarized zone. This service must have occurred between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971 to qualify.
Other veterans who would like to apply for disability benefits for illnesses related to Agent Orange exposure will have to provide proof of actual exposure to Agent Orange during military service. This includes any of the following categories of veterans:
• Veterans who served on or near the perimeters of military bases in Thailand during the Vietnam Era.
• Veterans who served where herbicides were tested and stored outside of Vietnam.
• Veterans who were crew members on C-123 planes flown after the Vietnam War.
• Veterans associated with Department of Defense (DoD) projects to test, dispose of, or store herbicides in the U.S.
Evidence must be provided to the VA showing the existence of a disease that is related to Agent Orange (listed below), as well as evidence of service in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone, or evidence of exposure to Agent Orange.
The following diseases are presumed to be connected to 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)
If you were exposed to Agent Orange and have a disability that is not listed above, you may still be able to received veterans disability benefits. You will need to prove that your disability is connected to herbicide exposure with medical evidence.
If your VA claim due to Agent Orange exposure was denied, get help from an experienced veterans advocate. Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick has helped thousands of veterans around the country get the disability benefits they deserve. Call us at 401-331-6300 for a no-cost case evaluation.
Category: Veterans Law