During the Vietnam War, our government used a powerful weed killer so that the enemy could not use the cover of the jungle to hide troop movements. But the chemical substance harmed more than just the jungle. Not only did it cause decades of damage to the Vietnamese environment, but it also caused serious injuries to our own soldiers. The chemical, of course, was named Agent Orange. For years, the government denied that there were any damaging health effects caused by the chemical, but was later forced to acknowledge the growing body of science proving otherwise.
Today, it is possible to file a VA disability claim based on Agent Orange exposure.
The government will be looking at various facts in your claim file to prove that you qualify for benefits based on Agent Orange exposure. Firstly, with only very few exceptions, you will need to be able to prove that you actually set foot on Vietnamese soil.
Secondly, you will need to prove that you have one of the conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure. Most of these are various forms of cancer, especially those associated with the lymph nodes including both Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas, and chronic b-cell leukemias. Other cancers include multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, and soft tissue sarcomas. Other conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure include Parkinson’s Disease, ischemic heart disease, various forms of neuropathy, type 2 diabetes, and AL amyloidosis.
In some cases, you may be able to make a medical argument as to why your specific condition should qualify you for benefits even though it is not listed as one of the common cancers or conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure. The body is complex and we do not always understand how a specific condition is related to toxic exposure.
The Comerford Law Office reviews all cases that you present to us. We can help you make a medical argument for why your current condition is related to Agent Orange exposure from your service in Vietnam using similar case studies. We will rely heavily on your doctor’s notes and the help of experts to determine if your condition is potentially linked to Agent Orange exposure. We will then present the VA with your case file and provide them with any more materials that they ask for. In this manner, we will handle your claim with the VA and expedite the process by which you receive your benefits.
The Comerford Law Office, LLC represents the interests of America’s veterans in disability claims with the VA. Call today to learn more about how we can help.