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New Benefits For Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange

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Aired 11/9/10

The VA has begun to pay new benefits for Agent Orange related diseases. Three new diseases are added to the VA's list of herbicide linked health conditions.

— The VA has begun to pay new benefits for Agent Orange related diseases.

The following three conditions are the newest illnesses on the Veterans Affairs list of Agent Orange related health conditions.

  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Hairy Cell and other B-Cell Leukemia’s
  • Parkinson’s Disease

More than a dozen other conditions, including diabetes are also on the list.

Arnold Gass, MD, and associate chief of staff at the VA San Diego Healthcare System says up to 200,000 Vietnam veterans may qualify for medical and/or monetary benefits for Agent Orange exposure and the listed chronic conditions.

“They will automatically be made service connected for that condition, and they can receive medical care including all workup medication, and whatever for free,” Gass said.

Veterans who have any of the health problems on the list and served in the Republic of Vietnam or inland waterways between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, may qualify for the expanded benefits.

Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and have any of the 3 diseases listed above can apply with a fast track claim online or call toll free (800) 827-1000.

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