Types of Conditions we Handle

Agent Orange Exposure

Agent Orange, was a powerful mixture of herbicides that U.S. military forces sprayed in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971 during the Vietnam War for the dual purpose of defoliating forest areas that might conceal Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces and destroying crops that might be used to feed the enemy.  The U.S. program, codenamed Operation Ranch Hand, sprayed more than 20 million gallons of various herbicides over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos from 1961 to 1971. Agent Orange, which contained the deadly chemical dioxin, was the preferred choice of the U.S military. It was later proven to cause serious health issues including cancer, birth defects, rashes and severe neurological and psychological problems. Agent Orange had a profound effect on the health of the Vietnamese people and U.S. servicemen and their families.

Veterans who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 or near the Korean demilitarized zone between September 1, 1967, to August 31, 1971, are “presumed” to have been exposed to Agent Orange. If a Veteran develops a condition recognized by the VA as a presumptive condition, the veteran or their survivors may be eligible for disability benefits. In most cases, a DD214 will show any qualifying service in Korea or Vietnam. A veteran who can prove that he or she placed a “boot on the ground” during the war in Vietnam or the Korean demilitarized zone and has any disease on the presumptive list, may be granted service-connection without having to prove that their condition was caused by their service.

What are the Diseases Associated with Agent Orange Exposure that are considered presumptive by the VA?

The VA recognizes the following diseases as being associated with Agent Orange exposure:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Respiratory cancers (including lung cancer)
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy, acute and subacute
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Multiple myelomas
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • AL amyloidosis
  • Chloracne (or similar acneiform disease)
  • Respiratory cancers (including lung cancer)
  • Chronic B-cell leukemias
  • Soft tissue sarcomas (other than chondrosarcoma, osteosarcoma, mesothelioma or Kaposi’s sarcoma)

If you have a presumptive disease on the list, depending on the specifics of your case, Vet Resource Group can help you find a qualified free service, or paid for attorney or accredited agent, to help you gather the evidence you need to show you have a presumptive condition due to Agent Orange exposure.

What if I have a condition that is not on the list of presumptive diseases and I feel my condition was caused by my exposure to Agent Orange?

If you have a condition that is not on the presumptive list, there is a litany of evidence demonstrating that Agent Orange has had debilitating effects on many Veterans for a large array of medical conditions.  Not having a condition on the presumptive list requires supportive medical evidence that a presumptive condition does not require. 

This is where we can help.  Vet Resource Group may be able to help you obtain a nexus letter from a medical expert, linking your condition(s) to your Agent Orange exposure.   We also may be able to help obtain any needed examinations and respective DBQs.  Contact us today to for a free, no-obligation consultation.