Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service
may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for
diseases associated with exposure. Your dependents and
survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
"Agent Orange" refers to a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed in the
jungles of Vietnam and around the Korean demilitarized zone to remove
trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover.
Herbicides were also used by the U.S. military to defoliate military facilities in the U.S.
and in other countries as far back as the 1950s. VA and federal law presumes
that certain diseases are a result of exposure to these herbicides.
This "presumptive policy" simplifies the process for receiving compensation
for these diseases since VA foregoes the normal requirements of proving
that an illness began during or was worsened by your military service.
A Veteran who believes he or she has a disease caused by Agent Orange exposure
that is not one of the conditions listed below must show an
actual connection between the disease and herbicide exposure during military service.
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The committee reviewed all relevant literature published between October 2010 and
September 2011 and integrated the new findings with the previously assembled
epidemiological data on each health outcome assessed with respect to
exposure to the chemicals constituting the herbicides used in Vietnam,
including the dioxin contaminant 2,3,7,8-TCDD. The single new conclusion
was that there is limited or suggestive evidence of a scientifically
meaningful association of stroke with exposure to the chemicals in question.
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Mail your forms, documents
and evidence here...
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235
Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246
We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy! Yes, it's twice the
work but maybe VA will only lose one
and the other will be processed.
Remember: Use Certified Mail!
Your VA Claim
If you haven't figured it out by now,
it's time to realize you're involved in a giant paper shuffle
and this IS NOT a spectator sport.
Put down your gun
and pick up your keyboard.
The battlefield has changed.
There is so much information
available about Agent Orange it's not possible for us to list
it all here.
Below are some of the resources we use to keep up with this constantly changing landscape of knowledge about America's use of the chemical Dioxin.
The Google Search For Agent Orange
Alvin Young Agent Orange Collection
Agent Orange Diabetes
Agent Orange Prostate Cancer
Vietnam War Resources