If your Agent Orange claim is denied by the VA, you should consider appealing. Veterans whose claims are denied have one year to file an appeal.
What impairments did Agent Orange cause?
- AL Amyloidosis A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs
- Cancer A disease that affects numerous soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange.
- Chronic B-cell Leukemias A type of cancer which affects white blood cells
- Chloracne (or similar acneform disease) A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin
- Hodgkin’s Disease A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia
- Ischemic Heart Disease A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, that leads to chest pain
- Multiple Myeloma A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue
- Parkinson’s Disease A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement
- Peripheral Neuropathy Early-Onset A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and motor weakness. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure.
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
- Prostate Cancer Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among men
- Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer) Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma) A group of different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues
Who can file an Agent Orange Claim?
Agent Orange Claims have overwhelmed the VA for years. Any soldier who put “boots on the ground” in Vietnam as well as Blue Water Navy veterans are considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange and may be entitled to a VA claim. Some troops may have also been exposed in Korea near the DMZ. Not sure if you are eligible? Ask our Agent Orange disability benefits attorneys and we can explore your legal options as a veteran.
If you can’t work from your Agent Orange disabilities but don’t have a 100 percent VA disability rating, there may be another option. Individual Unemployability benefits are designated for veterans who can’t work from their service-connected disabilities. Agent Orange VA Individual Unemployability benefits pay more than $3,332.06 a month – the same as a 100% rating.
What if I was in the Agent Orange class action?
Thousands of veterans were part of a class-action lawsuit that tried to hold the makers of Agent Orange responsible for poisoning thousands upon thousands of American troops. Many veterans have been confused as to the difference between the Agent Orange class-action suit and an Agent Orange claim for your impairments.
The class-action lawsuit and your Agent Orange claim with the VA are separate issues. If you are the plaintiff in the lawsuit, you may still be entitled to benefits if you file an Agent Orange Claim for your current impairments related to Agent Orange Exposure.
Get help with your Agent Orange claim
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