Agent Orange is a defoliant herbicide that was used in Vietnam to clear trees and shrubs in order to expose enemy troops to American soldiers. The effects, however, were much more than expected. While the herbicide worked as it was designed, there were some very serious side effects.
Many veterans exposed to Agent Orange during their tours ended up suffering and disabled due to the exposure and those effects continue to this day. According to the VA, approximately 2.6 million Vietnam veterans were exposed to Agent Orange between January 1965 and April 1970.
The government has recognized and offered benefits for a select number of diseases they acknowledge resulted from exposure to Agent Orange. Recently however, the government expanded their list of acknowledged agent orange-related diseases to now include:
- B cell leukemia;
- Ischemic heart disease; and
- Parkinson’s disease.
Not only is the government recognizing that these diseases are related to Agent Orange exposure, but there is a very real possibility that widows may also be entitled to some benefits based on those conditions. Furthermore, the VA benefits are not only limited to Agent Orange exposure, but most likely to exposure to other herbicides as well.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.