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Agent orange and lymphoma


Agent Orange and NHL

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.

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An important definition is the word "Presumption". Presumption means that you need not prove the link between AO and lymphoma to establish service connection.

Agent Orange and Other Herbicides

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

  • AL amyloidosis
  • Chloracne or other acneform disease similar to chloracne
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Soft-tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma or mesothelioma)
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Respiratory cancers (lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
  • Diabetes mellitus (Type 2)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Ischemic heart disease

Veterans Exposed to Radiation

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:

  •  Leukaemia (except for chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Cancer of the thyroid, breast, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, bile ducts, gall bladder, salivary
    gland, urinary tract (renal pelvis, ureter, urinary bladder, and urethra), brain, bone, lung, colon, and ovary
  • Bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease)
  • Primary liver cancer, (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated).

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.

To read more, click below to download the full U.S. Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependent's booklet.  Or if you like you can simply go to their web page to browse the various benefits documents they have available.

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Download the benefits booklet here