Over 40 Senators Push for Agent Orange Changes!

by | Sep 25, 2020 | Agent Orange, Blog, News, Veteran's Benefits

Over 40 Senators Push for Agent Orange Changes!

This past Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester D-Mont., and over 40 other United States Senators sent letters to the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees urging them to add bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism to the list of conditions linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam.

These Senators have ratcheted up their efforts due to the 34,000 Veterans that they’ve described as “frustrated and desperate” those of which are also “living and dying” from the exposure.

In a statement, the Senators said the following: 

“Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans suffer from these three conditions due to their military service, yet these veterans continue to be denied the care and benefits they have earned and desperately need.”

In 2016, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said that these three illnesses were most certainly due to exposure to defoliants.

VA Yet to Add Them, Has Not Changed Stance

On Tuesday, VA spokeswoman Christina Noel said the following:  

“VA has no announcements on changes to the list of Agent Orange-related presumptive conditions,” Noel said. “VA is committed to regular review of all emerging evidence of adverse impacts to Veterans from Agent Orange, but the department will not be announcing new presumptive conditions until this additional research is complete to support an informed decision.”

It’s also interesting to note that many outlets have linked hypertension to the same circumstances – however, the amendment sent to the committee above was lacking any information regarding hypertension itself.

The VA has estimated that if they were to provide disability compensation and benefits to the thousands of Veterans suffering from these three diseases and including hypertension –  that they’d be looking at paying anywhere from $11B to $15B – and our question is, why is that even an issue?

It’s of our opinion, and that of millions of other Americans, that these fine folks are deserving of this and more! We’ll always be here to support our troops.

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
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Chloracne

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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