Diseases Associated with Agent Orange
Diseases recognized by the VA as associated with (but not necessarily caused by) Agent Orange exposure are outlined in the latest Agent Orange Review Newsletter.
Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for certain diseases associated to exposure to herbicides. Presently, Presumptive Service Connected Conditions linked to Agent Orange include:
Acute and Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy
A nervous system condition that causes tingling, numbness, and motor weakness. Under the VA's ratings regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides and resolve within two years after the date it began.
A rare disease caused when a protein, amyloid, enters tissues of organs.
Chloracne (or similar Acneform disease)
A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA's ratings regulations, chloracne (or other acneform disease similar to chloracne) must be at least 10% disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
Chronic B-cell Leukemias
A type of cancer which affects white blood cells. VA's regulation recognizing all chronic B-cell leukemias as related to exposure to herbicides took effect on October 30, 2010.
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
A disease characterize by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body's inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin.
A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterize by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia.
Ischemic Heart Disease
A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart that leads to chest pain. VA's regulation recognizing Ischemic Heart Disease as related to exposure to herbicides took effect on October 30, 2010.
A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow.
A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue.
A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement. VA's regulation recognizing Parkinson's heart disease as related to exposure to herbicides took effect on October 30, 2010.
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas. Under the VA's ratings regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among men.
Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)
A group of different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is NOT associated with Agent Orange exposure. However, VA has recognized ALS diagnosed in Veterans with 90 days or more of continuous active service in the military was caused by their military service. Learn about benefits for ALS, including VA health care benefits and disability compensation and other non health benefits.
The children of Vietnam Veterans who have developed spina bifida are eligible for certain benefits and services. The VA provides certain benefits, including health care, to children with birth defects born to female Vietnam Veterans.
Filing a Claim
Got questions about filing a claim?
VA FAST TRACK
The three presumptive conditions for which you can submit a claim through the Fast Track Claims Processing System are Ischemic Heart Disease, Hairy Cell or other B-Cell Leukemias, and Parkinson's disease. If you have not yet filed, you need to do so right now.
Go here for a good Q&A resource regarding the VA's FAST TRACK program.
Ships in Vietnam Waters
Ruth Lykes - Da Nang Harbor 1969 Source: lag
An updated list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships confirmed to have operated on Vietnam’s inland waterways between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, has been posted at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp. The ships on this list provided repair and support services to Mobile Riverine Forces, repaired Navy airplanes, conducted numerous troop, supply, and equipment landings, docked on shore, or sent crew members ashore. Vietnam Veterans assigned to these ships may be eligible to receive VA disability compensation for 14 medical conditions associated with presumptive exposure to Agent Orange.
When claims are filed by a Veteran, surviving spouse or child, the VA will determine whether the Veteran qualifies for the presumption of exposure based on official records of the ship’s operations. The VA will add other ships to their list based on information confirmed in these official records.
Even if a Veteran is not filing a claim, Veterans may conduct their own research and submit scanned documentary evidence such as deck logs, ship histories, and cruise book entries. This evidence should be emailed to 211_AOSHIPS.VBACO@va.gov.
For questions about Agent Orange and the online list of ships, Veterans may call VA’s Special Issues Helpline at 1-800-749-8387 and press 3.
Updated list of ships> http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp
List of Agent Orange diseases> http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp
More about Agent Orange> http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/basics.asp