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.