A Nation’s Belated Acknowledgement to Vietnam-Era Veterans - Agent Orange and VA Disability

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Introduction - Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

You returned from Vietnam after being drafted in 1968 and completing your tour in 1969. After returning stateside and being discharged, you placed your DD-214, pictures, and dogtags in a trunk and tried to get back to normally. You got married, had children, had success at your job, and bought a house. Your children have asked you about your time in service, however, you didn’t want to talk about the war and explain that you left those memories back in Vietnam. You have had medical problems over the years, but never filed a claim for disability compensation before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 2007, you had a heart attack and still suffer from heart-related disabilities. You were surprised to hear during a reunion with members of your old unit, that they were receiving monthly compensation from the VA for a heart condition that surfaced thirty years after their tour in Vietnam ended.

If this sounds familiar it is because you are one of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who just became aware that your exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam may entitle you to VA disability compensation. This is also a narrative that the VA-accredited attorneys at Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg deal with on a daily basis. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (732) 382-6070 or online at www.finkrosner.com, if you have questions about a new or pending claim related to Agent Orange exposure.

Agent Orange Background

Over two million Americans served in the armed forces in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, many of whom were exposed to a defoliant herbicide mixture called Agent Orange. In total, the military sprayed approximately 20 million gallons of Agent Orange in Vietnam to remove forest cover and clear vegetation. Over the years the medical community, Department of Defense, and Congress began to finally recognize that the chemical toxins contained in Agent Orange were producing a myriad of health problems and diseases for Vietnam-era veterans. Commonly, veterans never associated their medical conditions with their time in Vietnam because the effects of Agent Orange exposure can take years to develop.

Presumptive Conditions and VA Disability Compensation

In 1991, the Congress enacted theAgent Orange Act, which declared certain conditions “presumptive" to exposure to Agent Orange and making veterans exposed to Agent Orange presumptively eligible to receive VA treatment and disability compensation for these conditions. Since 1991, the National Academy of Sciences has periodically reviewed the scientific evidence showing association between exposure to Agent Orange and certain conditions. Since 1991 the list of presumptive conditions has grown to include: (1) prostate cancer; (2) respiratory cancers; (3) multiple myeloma; (4) type II diabetes; (5) Hodgkin’s disease; (6) non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; (7) soft tissue sarcoma; (8)chloracne; (9) porphyria cutanea tarda; (10) peripheral neuropathy; (11) chronic lymphocytic leukemia; (12) B cell leukemias; (13) Parkinson’s disease; and (14) ischemic heart disease. In addition, spina bifida in children of veterans exposed to Agent Orange is also considered a presumptive condition.

Contact Our VA Accredited Attorneys at Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg

Veterans who have served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 or Korea between September 1, 1967 to August 31, 1971 may be eligible for service connected disability compensation for conditions related to Agent Orange. Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC, is ready to help you in your fight for Agent Orange-related disability compensation claim. Our VA-accredited attorneys can provide free consultations to help veterans advocate their Agent Orange claim before the VA. Additionally, if we agree to represent you in your appeal before the VA we only collect attorney fees from retroactive back benefits paid by the VA upon a successful appeal.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your pending Agent Orange-related VA disability compensation claim please do not hesitate to contact Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg at (732) 382-6070 oronline at www.finkrosner.com.

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