If you were exposed to Agent Orange and now have health issues, you may be eligible for Agent Orange VA disability benefits. Woods & Woods Agent Orange VA disability lawyers have helped thousands of veterans and their families. If you need assistance, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.
About Agent Orange VA Disability Benefits
Agent Orange was a defoliant used by the military in many locations around the globe. Agent Orange was not only used in the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was also used in the Korean War and also at many military bases. Some veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange while handling it on Navy ships or Air Force planes.
As you probably already know, Agent Orange causes many serious health issues. Agent Orange has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, neuropathy, and many more serious heath problems. The World Health Organization classifies Agent Orange as a very dangerous chemical.
Many veterans don’t realize that all their secondary service-connected disabilities are also eligible for Agent Orange benefits. Say for example, that a Vietnam veteran exposed to Agent Orange develops diabetes and then neuropathy. Because the diabetes is from your Agent Orange exposure and also causes your neuropathy, the neuropathy is now also considered secondary service-connected for VA compensation purposes.
How Our Agent Orange VA Disability Lawyers Help
- Applying for Agent Orange Benefits If you don’t know where to begin applying for Agent Orange VA disability benefits, we can help. At no cost, we can explain how to apply and what you should put on your application.
- Help With Agent Orange Denials The sad truth is lots of veterans are denied Agent Orange VA disability benefits. Receiving an Agent Orange benefits denial is not the end of the road for your VA claim. You can appeal.
- Appealing Agent Orange Decisions Our Agent Orange VA disability lawyers help veterans appeal bad VA decisions. The VA makes mistakes all the time and you don’t have to take ‘no’ as an answer.
- Low-Ratings Appeals Our Agent Orange VA disability lawyers can help appeal low-ratings. Lots of veterans receive a rating below where they should be. Don’t accept your low rating. For example, the difference between a 90 percent rating and an 100 percent rating is over $1,000 a month!
Hiring Our Agent Orange VA Disability Lawyers
The veterans benefits lawyers at Woods & Woods only charge if you win. Our Agent Orange VA disability lawyers are experienced in VA law and have helped thousands of veterans. Woods and Woods Agent Orange VA disability lawyers have developed innovative case management systems that help clients win their case. We work with teams of lawyers, doctors, case managers, support staff, and psychologists to prove your physical and mental impairments are service-connected.
About Agent Orange Defoliant
Agent Orange is a defoliant that the U.S. military often used to clear jungles of vegetation. The U.S. military used Agent Orange in many places across the globe. The numbers of veterans exposed to Agent Orange is staggering. The health effects have killed and disabled generations of U.S. service members.
Agent Orange causes many health problems because it contains a compound called dioxin. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.”
Monthly Compensation for Agent Orange
Veterans who are eligible for Agent Orange VA disability benefits may be able to receive over $2,900 a month from the Veterans Administration. Veterans with dependent children and parents can receive extra monthly compensation as well.
Many veterans find that they are owed back pay when they win their Agent Orange VA disability benefits. Some veterans may be owed money dating back years to their effective date. However, the VA does not always assigned the correct effective date and some veterans may be missing back pay. If you suspect you are missing back pay, you should contact Woods and Woods Agent Orange VA disability lawyers.
Agent Orange Illnesses
Agent Orange has been linked to many illnesses. Below is the Veterans Administration’s (VA) presumptive list for Agent Orange illnesses:
- AL Amyloidosis: A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs.
- 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.
Secondary Service-Connected Impairments
Remember to include your secondary service-connected disabilities when you are applying and appealing.
Many veterans don’t understand secondary service-connection and leave impairments off their applications and appeals. If you are a veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange and you have diabetes (which is service-connected) your neuropathy may also be considered service-connected. This is because diabetes causes neuropathy, therefore, it is from your Agent Orange exposure.
When applying for Agent Orange VA disability benefits, we suggest you list every medical condition you have. You may not even realize some of your impairments are related to your Agent Orange exposure.
Vietnam and Agent Orange
If you had boots on the ground in Vietnam, you are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.
Millions of gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed during the Vietnam War. Countless numbers of American troops were exposed to Agent Orange in the jungles, on airplanes, navy boats, and on military bases. We once had a client who brought us photos of he and his brothers using Agent Orange barrels to catch rain water. They would use that rain water to shower and clean their clothes. Unknowingly, they were directly exposing themselves to Agent Orange’s deadly chemical, dioxin.
Korea and Agent Orange
Agent Orange was widely used in the Korean War. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was doused in Agent Orange to prevent broad leaf plants from growing vegetation. The U.S. military used Agent Orange to kill the plants so that it was easier to see if troops were moving on the ground. Many veterans who served in Korea near the DMZ were exposed to Agent Orange.
Navy Veterans and Agent Orange
There is currently legislation making its way to Congress about U.S. Navy veterans and exposure to Agent Orange. Many U.S. Navy veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange because their ships were close to Vietnam. Other U.S. Navy veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange because their ships were transporting the dangerous chemical. If you have further questions about U.S. Navy veterans and Agent Orange exposure, call our law firm to find out if the laws have been made more favorable to Navy vets.
Air Force Veterans and Agent Orange
Many veterans were exposed to Agent Orange in the U.S. Air Force. Some U.S. Air Force veterans were exposed to Agent Orange because they worked on the planes that sprayed the vegetation. Other U.S. Air Force members were exposed because they were transporting Agent Orange in their cargo holds. Agent Orange was common on airbases and some may have been exposed that way.
Applying for Agent Orange VA Disability Benefits
Many veterans don’t know where to start the application process. If you have questions about filing for your Agent Orange VA disability benefits, you can always call our law firm. There is never a fee for help on the initial application for Agent Orange VA disability benefits. We can explain how to fill out the forms and what to write on the forms. The call and advice are free.
Hiring an Agent Orange VA Disability Benefits Lawyer
Woods & Woods veterans disability lawyers have worked with thousands of veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange. If you hire Woods & Woods, our Agent Orange VA disability lawyers work with doctors, psychologists, and vocational experts to help prove your VA claim. We only charge if we win your Agent Orange VA disability benefits appeal. If you need help or have questions, we are here.