If you or a loved one served our country in Vietnam, and have suffered from disabilities as a result, you may be able to receive disability compensation as a result of exposure to the chemical, agent orange. The Veterans Administration provides compensation to individuals who served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975 and who were not dishonorably discharged. The dependents and surviving spouses of veterans may also become eligible for compensation.
Presumptive Service Connection
Unlike exposure to other dangerous materials, such as asbestos, the claims process for agent-orange-related claims does not require veterans to prove their own exposure to agent orange, or that it directly caused their condition. These claims operate on a “presumptive service connection”, meaning that if they suffer from a qualifying condition and were in the area at the time, they should qualify for compensation. The Veterans Administration assumes that those who served in the area at the time were exposed and that the exposure to agent orange is what caused their condition.
What Illnesses Qualify?
A wide range of conditions qualify for compensation, and more have been added as recently as 2018. Common conditions include type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, and many different forms of cancers. To see the full list of qualifying conditions, please click the link here.
How Do I Make My Claim?
You can begin a claim with your local county veterans service or through an accredited veterans service organization. If your claim is denied, we may be able to help - our team is here to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Even if your claim is approved, we may be able to increase the percentage of your compensation, which could also qualify you for other health services such as nursing home care.
We want to ensure you receive the care you deserve after serving our country. For assistance in your veteran’s benefits claim, call Mannor Law Group, PLLC today at 810-645-8426 to schedule your consultation.