How to Prove Agent Orange Exposure?
You can prove Agent Orange exposure by presenting evidence that you served at a location during an acknowledged timeframe VA associates with the use of this herbicide. If your service records do not show this, a VA disability lawyer may be able to help you gather evidence to prove exposure.
Proving You Were Exposed to Agent Orange During Your Military Service
If you served in any of the following locations during the specified timeframes, VA presumes you were exposed to Agent Orange:
- In Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.
- A C-123 plane flown after the Vietnam War.
- In the inland waterways or coastal waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. during the Vietnam War.
- In the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971.
If you believe you suffered Agent Orange exposure at a different place or time, a VA disability lawyer can review your service and medical records to determine the best way to go about establishing proof of exposure.
Connecting Your Medical Condition to Agent Orange Exposure
If you served in one of the locations listed above, or if VA conceded that you were exposed to herbicides during service and you have any of the following conditions, you are entitled to presumptive service connection:
- AL Amyloidosis: A disease where abnormal proteins infect your tissues or organs.
- Chronic B-cell Leukemia: White blood cell cancer
- Chloracne: A skin condition resembling a teen’s severe acne.
- Diabetes Type 2: A disease affecting your body’s insulin response.
- Hodgkin’s Disease: Cancer of the lymphatic system.
- Ischemic Heart Disease: A disease marked by blood loss to the heart.
- Multiple Myeloma: Cancer of plasma cells in the blood.
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Cancer of the lymphatic system.
- Parkinson’s Disease: A progressive nervous system disorder.
- Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset: A nervous system disorder, characterized by numbness, tingling, and weakness.
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: A disease affecting the liver; also may cause skin problems.
- Prostate Cancer: Cancer of the prostate.
- Respiratory Cancers: Cancers of the respiratory system: lung, larynx, trachea, or bronchus.
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Cancer of any of the body’s soft tissues.
If your medical condition does not appear on this list, that does not necessarily mean you cannot establish service connection based on Agent Orange exposure. You will need to a nexus, or a link, between your in-service exposure and your current diagnosed medical condition.
Call 800-544-9144 Today for a Free VA Disability Case Evaluation With Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD
The veteran’s lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD are committed to helping veterans pursue VA disability benefits. If you were exposed to Agent Orange and later developed a medical condition, we may be able to help. Call 800-544-9144 for a free case evaluation.
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