VA Benefits Available to Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
If you are a veteran with disabilities associated with herbicide exposure, including Agent Orange, you may qualify for health care, vocational rehabilitation and payment of monetary compensation benefits. These exposures have been associated with a variety of cancers and other diseases.
If you are a surviving spouse or surviving child of a veteran exposed to herbicides, you may also be eligible for benefits, including dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits, CHAMP-VA health care and educational benefits.
In order to qualify for service-connection based upon herbicide exposure, veterans must establish that they have a current disability related to exposure to herbicides during military service. Once a current disability is established by medical evidence, it is necessary to determine where the veteran was located during military service and whether such location(s) involved exposure to herbicides.
The critical questions are:
- • Where was the veteran?
- • When was the veteran there?
- • Where were the herbicides?
- • When were the herbicides there?
During the Vietnam Era chemical herbicides such as Agent Orange were used to defoliate areas of Vietnam and in some cases, the perimeter of certain military bases as well as areas near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea. Herbicides were also tested at a variety of locations prior to being used in Vietnam. In addition, herbicides were stored at various locations such as Johnston Island, Guam and Gulfport, Mississippi during various time periods.
Because records of herbicide use were not maintained, finding documentation can be difficult; however the VA continues to identify information and evidence concerning locations of exposure.
For more information about VA benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and for information on how to pursue a claim, visit our website at www.DisabilityDenials.com.