Departmetn of Veterans Affairs Expands List of Agent Orange Illnesses

Recently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expanded the definition of disease associated with Agent Orange exposure.

According to officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which used to be called the Veterans Administration, has expanded the list of diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure to include heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic B-cell leukemia. Diabetes, as well as several types of cancer, has been on the list for years.

It is presumed that veterans who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 could have been exposed to the toxic substances and could develop one or more of the illnesses linked to them. Veterans with these illnesses are offered health benefits and disability compensation, which has not always been the case. A registry was established in 1978 to cover Agent Orange-related illnesses, and has been expanded in recent years.

If you need assistance securing disability benefits, please contact the Indiana Disabled Veteran Lawyer of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.