VA adds 3 diseases to Agent Orange presumptive list

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that the VA will add three diseases to the list of presumed illnesses connected with Agent Orange exposure. Acting on information produced by a study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Eric Shinskei said that veterans with the following three specific illnesses will not have to prove an association between their illnesses and military service:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia
  • Ischemic Heart Disease

Approximately 2.6 million veterans who served in Vietnam between January 1965 and April 1970 were exposed to the herbicide, Agent Orange. By adding the three diseases to the “presumption” list of disabilities connected to Agent Orange, the disability claims process for veterans with the diseases has been greatly simplified.

Other illnesses previously recognized under VA’s “presumption” rule as being caused by exposure to herbicides during the Vietnam War are:

  • Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy
  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chloracne
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers, and
  • Certain Soft Tissue Sarcomas

If you’re disabled vet and need assistance with your VA disability claim, contact the disability claims law firm of Veterans Help Group.