The Truth about Agent Orange and other Herbicides in Thailand during the Vietnam War
Current VA policy establishes that “special consideration of herbicide exposure on a factual basis should extend to Veterans whose duties placed them on or near the perimeters of Thailand military bases.” Without evidence of direct exposure to herbicides, Thailand veterans must demonstrate that their duties placed them near the perimeter of Thailand bases where herbicides are were used. This requirement is arbitrary and unwarranted in light of the widespread use of herbicides in Thailand. Veterans who served in Thailand were exposed to the same chemicals as the veterans who served in Vietnam, and in many of the same ways. VA should establish the same presumption of exposure for Thailand veterans that they afforded Vietnam veterans.