VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

A new regulation will expand the eligibility for disability benefits for select Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel exposed to Agent Orange through contact with a contaminated C-123 aircraft used during the Vietnam War. The VA has published this regulation as an interim final rule so that it would be effective immediately, allowing veterans to receive benefits as soon as possible. The new regulation is allowing Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel to submit a disability compensation claim for any one of the 14 medical conditions that the VA has determined to have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange. This will make it easier for Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel to obtain VA disability benefits who have developed or who eventually do develop an Agent Orange related disability. 

Category: Veterans Law