How to Handle a VA Disability Claim for Issues Pertaining to Agent Orange

Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. According to VA, “Agent Orange” refers to a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed in the jungles of Vietnam and around the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover. Herbicides were also used by the U.S. military to defoliate military facilities in the U.S. and in other countries as far back as the 1950s.

VA and federal law presumes that certain diseases are a result of exposure to these herbicides. For example, diabetes is a presumed condition. This “presumptive policy” simplifies the process for receiving compensation for these diseases since VA foregoes the normal requirements of proving that an illness began during or was worsened by your military service. There are various rules pertaining to veterans who want to receive the presumption of exposure. For example, the VA has a requirement for “boots on the ground.” What this means is that if you set foot in Vietnam during a certain time period you will be presumed to be exposed to herbicides and get the benefit of this presumption. The rules and regulations regarding the types of conditions are caused by agent orange as well as the areas impacted are complex and can be confusing.

To learn more about how we can help you with your agent orange claim schedule an appointment with our Vet Defender. You can schedule an appointment by going to this link: Schedule an Appointment.