How to Get Benefits for Military Exposure to Agent Orange

How to Get Benefits for Military Exposure to Agent Orange

Military Agent Orange Exposure VA Disability Attorneys Kalamazoo, MIIf you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of Agent Orange exposure during military service, you may be eligible for veteran disability compensation.

We understand that you want to know as much as possible about you or your loved one’s cancer diagnosis, which is why we created this guide to help you learn more about Agent Orange and cancer. For more information about cancer caused by military exposure to Agent Orange, we recommend you consult with an experienced VA disability attorney.

What is Agent Orange?

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military used a chemical called Agent Orange to destroy crops and forest cover in Vietnam and Korea. Unfortunately, Agent Orange also had an effect on the people who lived and served in this part of the world.

Not only did people suffer from irreversible illnesses, but they also suffered permanent genetic damage that caused their descendents to be born with severe deformities and other birth defects. Different types of cancers were also found in veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

How does Agent Orange cause cancer?

Within the chemical cocktail of Agent Orange is a specific compound thought to cause cancer and other serious illnesses. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Agent Orange contained small amounts of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD).

When laboratory animals were exposed to this chemical, they were at a higher risk for developing tumors. Scientists also found that the dioxin could turn on or off certain genes which controlled cell division, a component of cancer growth.

How can I receive compensation for Agent Orange exposure?

Certain types of cancers are presumed by the VA to be caused by Agent Orange exposure during military service. This means that the VA will assume your cancer is caused by Agent Orange if there are no other apparent causes.

Certain types of diseases (including cancers) are presumed by the VA to be caused by Agent Orange exposure during military service. This means the VA will assume your disease is caused by Agent Orange exposure if it’s on the list of presumptive diseases and there are no other apparent causes.

Currently, the VA recognizes the following presumptive diseases as being associated with Agent Orange exposure:

  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias
  • Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy, Acute and Subacute
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

If you or a loved one is suffering from one of these types of presumptive diseases, we recommend you contact a knowledgeable VA disability benefits lawyer. Even though certain types of diseases are presumed to be caused by Agent Orange exposure, you will still need to prove that you served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. Your type of disease must also be listed above and be rated at least 10% or higher.

Who can I trust to represent my case?

For any medical claim related to your military service, you should depend on an attorney with the necessary experience. A reputable VA compensation attorney will know how to understand and use your medical reports as evidence for your case. They will also be familiar with how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs handles Agent Orange cancer cases.

If you are interested in hiring one of our VA disability compensation attorneys, please feel free to give us a call at 1-844-838-5297. The experienced VA attorneys at VA Disability Group, PLLC are dedicated toward making sure you get the best representation for your Agent Orange exposure case.