Exposure to Agent Orange during military service is linked to a wide range of serious health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Hodgkin’s disease, early-onset peripheral neuropathy, hypothyroidism, and several different types of cancers. However, these conditions can take many years to develop. An Agent Orange Registry health exam can alert you to any potential areas of concern so you can access the treatment you need and apply for disability benefits if necessary.
What to Expect
If you were exposed to Agent Orange during your military service, you are eligible for a free Agent Orange Registry health exam. You can request an exam by speaking to your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
The exam can help alert you to symptoms that may be related to your exposure to the tactical herbicide. The exam includes a medical history, physical exam, and any tests the doctor determines necessary.
Enrollment in the VA health system is not required to receive an exam. The exam will be based on your recollection of your service and not your official military records. If you develop new symptoms at a later date, you can request a second exam.
How the Agent Orange Registry Health Exam Relates to Your Disability Benefit Claim
An Agent Orange Registry health exam is not required to receive VA disability benefits. If you have already been diagnosed with a condition that qualifies for a presumed service connection, you will need to submit medical records and service records with your application for VA disability benefits.
You may be asked to attend a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam after submitting your application for disability benefits. This is an exam by a VA healthcare provider who will evaluate your condition to assign an appropriate disability rating.
Do You Need to Speak to an Experienced VA Disability Benefits Attorney?
The office of Sean Kendall, Attorney-at-Law, is committed to helping Veterans exposed to Agent Orange receive full compensation for their service-connected disabilities. Contact our office to request a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the best way to proceed with your claim.