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(USA) VA expands coverage of Agent Orange-related diseases
« on: April 01, 2012, 05:05:02 PM »

VA expands coverage of Agent Orange-related diseases

Written by Byron Whipple February 15, 2011 01:48 pm

Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a final regulation that will expand the dates when illnesses caused by herbicide exposure can be presumed to be related to Agent Orange.

A few months ago we discussed veterans who served in Vietnam and Agent Orange presumptive diseases. The new ruling states that veterans who served in Korea between April 1, 1968, and Aug. 31, 1971, or in a unit determined by VA and the Department of Defense to have operated in an area in or near the Korean demilitarized zone may qualify for compensation and health care related to the Agent Orange presumptive diseases.

Previously, the VA recognized that Agent Orange exposure could only be conceded to veterans who served in certain units along the Korean DMZ between April 1968 and July 1969. In practical terms, eligible veterans who have been diagnosed with the following illnesses, which the VA presumes to be associated with herbicide exposure, do not have to prove an association between their illness and their military service.

• Acute and Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy

• AL Amyloidosis

• Chloracne (or Similar Acneform Disease)

• Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (Now Being Expanded to B Cell Leukemia’s)

• Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)

• Hodgkin’s Disease

• Multiple Myeloma

• Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

• Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

• Prostate Cancer

• Respiratory Cancers

• Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or Mesothelioma).

• Ischemic Heart Disease

• Parkinson’s Disease

This “presumption” simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits and ensures that veterans receive the benefits they deserve. To qualify for Agent Orange compensation you have to meet the following criteria; Serve in Korea during the above dates; have a current diagnosis of one or more of the above diseases, and have a discharge of conditions other than dishonorable. Remember these claims are for compensation and are not affected by your employment or assets.

Please remember that the above are a summary of basic entitlements, call me for additional information or to set up an appointment 541-962-8802. I am located at the Center for Human Development, 2301 Cove Ave., La Grande.

Byron Whipple is the Union County veterans service officer.
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