The U.S. Air Force began an herbicide program in South East Asia in order to efficiently defoliate the jungles, which the enemy had used for cover and to their logistical benefit. The spraying of 20,000,000 gallons of chemical herbicides and defoliants, including Agent Orange, by the American forces occurred between 1960 into 1971 throughout Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
Now, decades later, certain medical conditions suffered by our Vietnam Veterans are recognized as being precipitated by exposure of Agent Orange.
Veteran’s exposure channels that are generally recognized by the VA are:
- Serving on land in Vietnam
- Serving on inland waterways of Vietnam
- Blue Water Veterans serving on open sea ships off the coast of Vietnam
- U.S Navy and Coast Guard Ships with operations in Vietnam
- Korean Demilitarized Zone
- Thailand Military Bases
- Herbicide testing and storage facilities in the U.S. and other locations
- C-123 planes flown after the Vietnam War
See more about locations of possible exposure by service personnel to dioxin laden herbicides.
Health problems Vietnam Veterans may suffer from as a result to their exposure to Agent Orange or other dioxin laden herbicides during their military service are:
- AL Amyloidosis
- B Cell Leukemias
- Chronic B-cell Leuemia
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Multiple Myeloma’s
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
- Prostate Cancer
- Respiratory Cancers
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas
See more about medical diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure here.
Gaining medical disability benefits for conditions caused by Agent Orange exposure in service should not be convoluted. Yet depending on the medical condition, depending on when the disease manifested, and depending on where the Vietnam Veteran served the VA may not recognize the medical condition as related to Agent Orange exposure without a submission of a persuasive medical opinion. If you or a family member has not been granted their medical disability benefit for conditions caused by Agent Orange our law office may be of assistance to you.