What Diseases Are Associated with Agent Orange Exposure?
There are many diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure, including:
- AL Amyloidosis: A rare disease involving an abnormal protein in your tissues or organs.
- Chronic B-cell Leukemia: Cancer of the white blood cells.
- Chloracne: A skin condition that resembles severe acne; must be at least 10% disabling within one year of discharge in order for veterans to be eligible for presumptive service connection.
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: A disease that impacts your body’s ability to process insulin, causing high blood sugar levels.
- Hodgkin’s Disease: A type of lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system).
- Ischemic Heart Disease: A disease that causes chest pain due to lack of blood flow to the heart.
- Multiple Myeloma: Cancer of the plasma cells in the blood.
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Cancer of the lymphatic system.
- Parkinson’s Disease: A nervous system disorder affecting muscle movement.
- Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset: A nervous system disorder causing weakness, numbness, and tingling; must be at least 10% disabling within one year of discharge in order for veterans to be eligible for presumptive service connection.
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: A disease characterized by reduced liver function and skin issues; must be at least 10% disabling within one year of discharge in order for veterans to be eligible for presumptive service connection.
- Prostate Cancer: Cancer of the prostate.
- Respiratory Cancers: Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, or bronchus.
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Cancer of the soft tissue, including muscle, fat, and connective tissue.
Recent findings also show that there is now sufficient evidence linking hypertension and Agent Orange exposure.
If you have any of the above-mentioned conditions and were exposed to Agent Orange, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits. If your condition does not appear on the above list, but your doctor believes it arose from Agent Orange exposure, you can still apply for and potentially receive VA disability benefits. However, you will not be entitled to presumptive service connection. A VA disability attorney at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
How Do I Know If I Was Exposed to Agent Orange?
VA presumes exposure to Agent Orange if you served:
- In Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975
- In the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971
- VA also presumes exposure if you flew C-123 airplanes or served on military bases in the United States and other locations in which Agent Orange was tested or stored.
Call 800-544-9144 Today for a Free Case Evaluation with the VA Disability Team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD
At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our focus is on helping veterans pursue VA disability benefits. If the VA declined your initial application for a condition related to Agent Orange, we may be able to help you gather compelling evidence to submit an appeal. Our firm offers a free case evaluation and operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid until you do. Call 800-544-9144 today.
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