As if Vietnam vets don’t have enough health concerns stemming from the herbicide Agent Orange, the effects of exposure could also impact their children and grandchildren. According to Vietnam Veterans of America, approximately three to six percent of children born to a veteran has suffered some type of birth defect.
This herbicide contains dioxin, found to reach elevated levels in many veterans. The effects of Agent Orange may include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and numerous other conditions. But a number of studies have also shown a link to birth defects such as spina bifida, urinary tract and digestive tract malformations and a variety of other health problems.
Research has also shown that not all effects are immediately present in children of Vietnam vets. Some don’t develop cancer until later in life. There are also many others who suffer from illnesses that appear to have no explanation.
Some veterans may not have made a connection between their exposure to Agent Orange and the health impact it’s had on their children. Benefits may be available for those with birth defects that are not caused by other issues such as a birth injury or family disorders.
Keep in mind that Veterans Administration may not necessarily recognize all birth defects as being a result of Agent Orange exposure. So if veteran’s benefits cannot be obtained, then it may be possible for children of vets to seek other disability benefits, such as via Social Security.
Get Help Pursuing Veterans’ Disability Benefits
Meanwhile, veterans dealing with their own disabling health issues might qualify to receive benefits as well. For help learning about one’s rights to benefits and for assistance filing a claim, contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group