Disabilities Due to Agent Orange Exposure
If you are a Veteran who the military exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during your service, you may be eligible for various VA disability benefits. Your dependents and survivors also may be eligible for help.
Agent Orange is a herbicide that was used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. It is now known to cause a variety of health problems, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and neurological disorders.
If you have a health condition that was caused by exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during your service, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation. Compensation provides tax-free monthly payments.
To be eligible, you must meet both of these requirements:
- You have a health condition that is caused by exposure to Agent Orange.
- You served in a location that exposed you to Agent Orange.
Here are the health conditions that are considered to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange:
- Bladder cancer
- Chronic B-cell leukemia
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Prostate cancer
- Respiratory cancers (including lung cancer)
- Some soft tissue sarcomas
- AL amyloidosis
- Diabetes mellitus type 2
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Ischemic heart disease
- Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peripheral neuropathy, early onset
- Porphyria cutanea tarda
Other Non-presumptive diseases
If you have a disability or disease that is not on the list, you may still be eligible for VA disability compensation if you can prove that it was caused by your exposure to Agent Orange.
How do you prove that your disability was caused by Agent Orange?
There are a few ways to prove that your disability was caused by Agent Orange.
- Medical evidence: You can provide medical evidence that shows that your disability is consistent with other health problems that are known to be caused by Agent Orange. For example, if you have diabetes, you could provide medical records that show that your blood sugar levels are high and that you have other health problems that are also associated with Agent Orange exposure, such as heart disease or stroke.
- Environmental evidence: You can provide environmental evidence that shows that you were exposed to Agent Orange. For example, you could provide military records that show that you served in a location where Agent Orange was used, or you could provide personal testimony from other veterans who were with you when you were exposed to Agent Orange.
- Personal testimony: You can provide personal testimony that shows that you were exposed to Agent Orange and that your disability developed shortly after your exposure. For example, you could testify that you remember being sprayed with Agent Orange, or that you developed your disability soon after your service in Vietnam.
We work with experienced medical doctors and related health professionals who will review your claim and write an opinion to help you secure the benefits you deserve. If you have a disability or disease that is not on the list of presumptive conditions, we will work with you to gather the evidence you need to prove that your disability was caused by Agent Orange exposure.
We have a team of experienced medical doctors and related health professionals who will review your claim and write an opinion to help you secure the benefits you deserve. Agent Orange causes cancer. Period.
If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for VA disability compensation for an Agent Orange-related disability, please contact us. We are here to help you every step of the way.