The Court found that the Board erred when it denied service connection for a cardiac disease and a skin disorder, both resulting from Agent Orange exposure. The Court reiterated the rule that VA must assist veterans in acquiring information regarding potential Agent Orange exposure in Thailand. VA should ask the veteran for the approximate dates, location, and nature of the exposure to Agent Orange. Although the Veteran was asked about his service in Vietnam, he was never asked to provide information regarding potential exposure in Thailand. This was required, since special consideration of herbicide exposure should be extended to veterans whose duties placed them on or near the perimeter of the U-Tapao air force base, where this Veteran served.
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