According to an article on Veterans Today, the latest additions to Agent Orange contaminant areas are military ports in Okinawa, Japan. Logbooks of vessels from the early 1960s that docked in these Okinawan ports have revealed that Agent Orange was secretly transported by merchant marine ships, such as the SS Schuyler Otis Bland, under the mission known as Project AGILE. The chemicals transported by this ship were eventually used in testing in the Panama Canal Zone.
More than 30 disabled Vietnam veterans suffering from serious health conditions consistent with dioxin-exposure have raised concerns about potential Agent Orange contamination. These veterans were stationed at 15 military bases in Okinawa, which has been claimed to still suffer after effects from dioxin use.
Vietnam veterans who were stationed in areas where the chemical herbicide Agent Orange was used are almost always immediately approved for service-connected disability pay when they develop certain disabling medical conditions. Many diseases such as diabetes, cancers, and skin conditions have been linked to exposure to Agent Orange.
Veterans advocates are helping to collect more records and information about Agent Orange use, during the Vietnam War, to determine more areas where veterans may have been exposed. This may help validate claims for disabled Vietnam veterans who have been diagnosed with unexplained health conditions.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.