VA extends agent orange benefits

Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they are extending the distribution of benefits to veterans affected by agent orange.  Agent orange was a chemical used in the Vietnam War to open up heavily wooded jungle areas and make enemy combatants more visible.

The VA has provided benefits to veterans suffering from agent orange-related health conditions since 1985.  Such conditions include Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, prostate cancer, respiratory cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma.  The expansion now includes veterans with Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease and hairy cell leukemia- diseases recently associated with agent orange exposure.  An estimated 200,000 veterans are expected to receive benefits as a result of the expansion.

If you are a Vietnam veteran suffering from an agent orange-related disease, contact the Indiana veterans’ affairs disability benefits attorneys of Hankey Law Office P.C. at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about obtaining benefits.