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VA Proposed New Rule for Agent Orange Exposure

The benefit of presumptive designations is the burden of proof to receive VA disability benefits islowered. The VA has outlined plans to include more locations where herbicides were stored, tested, andused.  In the proposal, locations would be added in the United States, Canada, and India for AgentOrange. This expansion would be in addition to the existing eligibility requirements for Agent OrangeExposure and disability compensation. 2022 Presumptive Service Connection In 2022, the VA expanded presumptive service connection for several health conditions related to toxicexposures under the PACT Act. If this latest proposed rule change is finalized, it would afford moreveterans from more eras the...

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The Hidden Connection: Agent Orange Exposure and Kidney Disease

Decades may have passed since the Vietnam War, but the battle for disability benefits tied to diseases caused by Agent Orange exposure continues for some veterans. Surprisingly, kidney disease has yet to receive presumptive status, leaving many veterans wondering why this is the case. In this article, we delve into VA documents and epidemiological studies to explore the connection between Agent Orange and kidney disease.  We also look at ways veterans can secure disability benefits for kidney disease they suspect is connected to Agent Orange exposure, through secondary service-connection. Agent Orange Benefits for Vietnam Veterans During the Vietnam War, millions of individuals were...

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Latest News on Agent Orange Compensation: PACT Act Edition

This article on Agent Orange Compensation is one in a series exploring the benefits created by the Honoring Our PACT Act, the biggest VA veterans benefits bill in U.S. history. The bill promises to: Add 23 presumptive medical conditions connected to exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan  Extend the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to locations beyond Vietnam and her waters Allow Camp Lejeune survivors and family members to file lawsuits for damages Add 3 new qualifying radiation-risk activities for veterans exposed to radiation Expand healthcare eligibility and screening for toxic exposures for all veterans   Not all Vietnam-era veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange have...

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Agent Orange Exposure: A Must Read for Every Vietnam-Era Veteran

Stethoscope lies on the uniform of a Vietnam-era soldier.

Our full understanding of the health impacts of Agent Orange has expanded over the years. So, too, has the VA's official position on which diseases are caused by Agent Orange, and who is eligible for disability benefits. Yet 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War, some veterans are still waiting to get benefits for Agent Orange exposure. In 2021, three new conditions -- bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism -- were added to the Agent Orange presumptive benefits list. That increased the disability payments of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans. But hypertension and dementia, which researchers say are connected to Agent...

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New Law Would Expand Agent Orange Presumptive List, Extending Benefits to Vietnam Veterans

Stethoscope lies on the uniform of a Vietnam-era soldier.

Update: With the passage of the 2021 National Defense Reauthorization Act, Congress approved adding the three new medical conditions discussed below to the Agent Orange presumptive list. Thousands of Vietnam veterans who have suffered from bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, hypertension, and Parkinson’s-like symptoms related to Agent Orange exposure could soon be fast-tracked for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, thanks to a new law. The Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act of 2020, passed by an overwhelming majority in the Senate in late July, acknowledged the large body of scientific evidence suggesting that these diseases are associated with Agent Orange,...

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