The Most Common Questions Answered: Agent Orange
It’s incredibly sad, but unfortunately, many Veterans across the United States are suffering from what is more commonly known as ‘silent wounds’. These are scars that they received when they were sadly exposed to environmental toxins.
Toxins such as depleted uranium, burn pits, compromised anthrax vaccines, anti-malaria medication, the Camp Lejeune water supply, and many other airborne poisons. One of the most well known and commonly spread toxins at this time was Agent Orange.
Agent Orange is a defoliant used to clear out the Vietnam jungle, along with any other demilitarized zones in Korea, as well as United States military base perimeters in Thailand. The effects caused by Agent Orange have been well documented for decades, however, many Veterans are still struggling with their claim in the eyes of the VA.
When we meet with a Veteran who’s been exposed to and suffering from side effects due to Agent Orange exposure, we typically hear the same questions, and we thought it may be best to answer them here, for every Veteran to be able to see and know.
What Diseases are Linked to Agent Orange?
At the United States Institute of Medicine, the following diseases were found to be directly linked to exposure to Agent Orange:
- Soft-Tissue Sarcoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Ischemic Heart Disease
And many, many, more – for a complete list, click here.
What are the locations that were exposed to Agent Orange?
Veterans who served in Vietnam or the demilitarized zone in Korea are presumed by the VA to have been exposed to Agent Orange.
Other possible exposure locations that are accepted by the VA include, but may not be limited to the following:
- C-123 Airplanes (Agent Orange Residue)
- The U.S. Navy & Coast Guard Ships (Vietnam)
- Thailand Military Bases
- Herbicide Test & Storage Facilities (Outside Vietnam)
Are there benefits available to the children of Veterans exposed to Agent Orange?
That’s a great question – and thankfully, we get to answer it with a yes.
The VA provides compensation benefits for children suffering from a birth defect that is directly related to Agent Orange exposure, but sadly the VA is quite strict on the criteria for this type of compensation.
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