New Diseases Added to VA Agent Orange Presumptive Illness List

Published on: January 12, 2011 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease to the list of “presumptive illnesses” related to Agent Orange exposure. In addition, VA expanded the presumption for chronic lymphocytic leukemia to include all chronic B-cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia. These conditions are presumed to be service-connected to herbicide exposure in Vietnam.

Vietnam Veterans with these illnesses are able to claim VA disability benefits and health care services without having to prove that their conditions are connected to Agent Orange exposure. The new policy, took effect in late 2010, and applies to Veterans who served in Vietnam anytime during the period beginning January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975. It does not apply to Veterans who only served on “Blue Water” Navy ships in the region.

The VA already presumes that the following conditions are Agent Orange related:

Adult Fibrosarcoma

AL Amyloidosis (also known as Primary Amyloidiosis)

Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma


B-cell Leukemias

Birth Defects

Cancer of the Brochus

Cancer of the Larynx

Cancer of the Lung

Cancer of the Prostate

Cancer of the Trachea


Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Clear Cell Sarcoma of Aponeuroses

Clear Cell Sarcoma of Tendons

Congenital Fibrosarcoma



Epithelioid Malignant Leiomyosarcoma

Epithelioid Maligent Schwannoma

Epithelioid Sarcoma

Extraskeletal Ewing’s Sarcoma

Hairy-cell Leukeima


Hodgkin’s Disease

Infantile Fibrosarcoma

Ischemic Heart Disease





Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma

Malignant Giant Cell Tumor of the Tendon Sheath

Malignant Glandular Schwannoma

Malignant Glomus Tumor

Malignant Hemangiopericytoma

Malignant Mesenchymoma

Malignant Schwannoma with Rhabdomyoblastic

Multiple Myeloma

Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Parkinson’s Disease

Peripheral Neuropathy

Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

Proliferating (systematic) Angiendothelimatosis



Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Spina Bifida

Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy

Synovial Sarcoma

Type 2 Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Mellitus)

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