During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military deployed a chemical substance targeting the enemy’s cover in heavily wooded areas. The substance, known as Agent Orange, was meant to kill the foliage that provided cover to the enemy. After decades of lawsuits, accusations, and investigation, it was determined that this substance is toxic to humans. The United States has made restitution to Vietnam over the use of this substance, but it is far more difficult for America’s veterans to convince the U.S. government that their symptoms are related to Agent Orange exposure. Nonetheless, claims related to Agent Orange can be filed, and they are winnable. If you are planning to file for veterans’ disability benefits on the basis of Agent Orange exposure, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
The government long denied the toxicity of Agent Orange, and even today, it can be difficult to successfully file claims. Not only must a veteran prove that they served in Vietnam, but they must also prove that they walked on Vietnamese soil and traveled the waterways inland. The U.S. government will fight the claims of those who only flew over Vietnam or were not within Agent Orange-laden areas. Other claims may be entertained, but there are few exceptions to the above-written rule. Among them, blue water veterans may be able to file Agent Orange claims. If you believe that Agent Orange exposure resulted in disability, you should contact a VA disability attorney immediately to discuss the matter.
Additionally, VA benefits are only available to those who were honorably discharged. Lastly, the U.S. government needs to see proof of one of the following conditions that are linked to Agent Orange exposure. Those include:
Agent Orange has been linked to other conditions as well. Just because your condition is not one of the above-mentioned does not mean that you cannot file a successful Agent Orange claim. Our attorneys can help you through this process.
If you or a loved one was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, call the veterans’ disability benefits attorneys at The Comerford Law Office today to discuss your situation and assess your options moving forward.