Service Connection For Conditions Related To Agent Orange/ Herbicide Exposures During Service

Many Vietnam-era veterans have developed medical conditions due to exposure to toxic herbicides such as Agent Orange.  For “boots on the ground” veterans who served in country in Vietnam, VA only recognizes certain conditions as presumptively caused by their exposure to herbicides during service.  But what about those veterans who have diagnoses of other diseases or conditions that are not deemed “presumptive”?  Is service-connected compensation for these conditions possible?  Absolutely. 

Are you a veteran with a disease that you think may be due to Agent Orange/ herbicide exposure during service?  Just because VA does not recognize a particular diagnosis as presumptively caused by herbicide exposure during service, does not mean there is no association between the two.  An opinion from a qualified medical professional such as a physician that provides a nexus, or link, between your condition and exposure you experienced during service is a crucial element of all exposure-related disability claims.   A medical opinion from a qualified medical professional could be the key to your claim being granted for the conditions listed below.

Exposure to herbicides can cause:

  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Lymphomas
  • Leukemia
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Lupus
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder caner
  • Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Parkinson’s-like Syndromes, including Parkinsonism
  • Intestinal cancers
  • Glioblastoma multiform, or other brain cancers

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