Veterans in the United States who were exposed to Agent Orange, or other herbicides in Vietnam, or the Gulf war are eligible for additional Veterans Benefits. You should contact the Veterans Administration for more information. Below is a quick summary of the most important points.
An important definition is the word "Presumption". Presumption means that you need not prove the link between AO and lymphoma to establish service connection.
More than a dozen diseases are presumed by VA to be service-related for compensation purposes for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides used in support of military operations in the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. The diseases presumed are
Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation while on active duty may be eligible for disability compensation if they have disabilities related to that exposure. Conditions presumed to be service-connected for veterans who participated in “radiation-risk activities” as defined by VA regulations are all forms of:
To determine service-connection for other conditions or exposures not eligible for presumptive compensation, factors considered include amount of radiation exposure, duration of exposure, elapsed time between exposure and onset of the disease, gender and family history, age at time of exposure, the extent to which a non-service related exposure could contribute to disease, and the relative sensitivity of exposed tissue.
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