Agent Orange, the herbicide made famous during the Vietnam War for its use as a jungle defoliant in the late 1960s and 1970s, is now infamous for causing disabling health effects. Many military personnel who served during the Vietnam era, as well as their biological children, are still feeling the effects of this toxic chemical and therefore may be eligible for veterans’ disability benefits.
Vietnam veterans who served in the Vietnam area between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 – even if they were not ground troops and only visited shore for brief periods or served on the inland waterways – are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. Likewise, soldiers serving in the Korean demilitarized zone between April 1, 1968 and August 31, 1971 are presumed to have been exposed to the herbicide.
Veterans who were exposed may have an increased risk of suffering certain diseases known as “presumptive diseases.” This includes ailments such as many types of cancers, diabetes mellitus type 2, Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, and peripheral neuropathy. The diagnosis of one of the presumptive diseases and proof of service during the applicable time periods and locations typically result in an automatic disability rating for a Vietnam veteran.
In addition to the direct effects of Agent Orange, the biological children of Vietnam veterans exposed to the chemical may suffer certain birth defects. Children of male or female veterans are prone to spina bifida and may qualify for disability benefits from the VA. Children of female Vietnam veterans are prone to a more extensive list of birth defects not related to Agent Orange, but rather to the mother’s service in Vietnam.
Vietnam veterans, children of Vietnam veterans, and close family members of Vietnam veterans should be aware of the ailments associated with service in the Vietnam War and options for compensation. To learn more, The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group have dedicated veterans’ disability claim representatives to answer all your questions about starting or appealing a claim for benefits. Call today – 1-855-855-8992.