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Proposed New Agent Orange Conditions Presented to Congress


After years of trying, a means to expedite benefits to thousands of Vietnam War veterans was presented to Congress via this year’s annual defense budget review. If approved, benefits would be granted to Vietnam War veterans suffering from bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, hypertension, and Parkinson’s-like symptoms thought to be caused by chemical herbicide Agent Orange. According to an…

Report Shows Vietnam-era Veterans on Guam Exposed to Agent Orange


A recent report by the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School stated that veterans who served on Guam between 1962 and 1975 are now eligible to make a valid claim for service-related toxic exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. According to an article published by Stars and Stripes,…

Further Delays on Agent Orange Decision


Advocates are putting pressure on lawmakers to make a final decision on whether or not to add new illnesses to the list of diseases presumed to be linked to Agent Orange exposure. Last week, veterans groups wrote to the president in protest of a decision to delay the addition of Agent Orange illnesses until two VA…

VA Disputes Findings on Proposed Agent Orange Diseases


Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have argued a scientific panel’s findings and are now under pressure from lawmakers to decide whether or not to add four diseases to the list of Agent Orange-related conditions. The decision is not expected until later this year. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, the VA “will wait for…

Updated List Released Identifies Agent Orange Sites Outside Vietnam


An updated list of locations outside of Vietnam where Agent Orange herbicides were used, tested or stored was released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to an article published by the VAntage Point, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie was quoted as saying, “This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information. [The]…

New Funding Bill Demands VA to Reveal Plans for Adding Agent Orange Diseases to List


A federal funding bill that was introduced this month will require Veterans Affairs leaders and lawmakers to reveal plans regarding the addition of new diseases to the Agent Orange presumptive conditions list. According to an article published by the Military Times, “The legislation includes a provision requiring VA to report to Congress within 30 days…

Delays for Agent Orange benefits continue


Two years ago, David Shulkin Veterans Affairs Secretary added bladder cancer, Parkinson’s-like symptoms, and hypothyroidism to the list of diseases assumed to be caused by Agent Orange. Now, thousands of veterans are still waiting on benefits for these illnesses. According to an article published by Military Times, “Heavily redacted emails and briefings released recently to former Army Spc….

Advocates fight to speed up ‘blue water’ Navy veterans benefits


Earlier this year, law legislation awarding presumptive benefits to “blue water” veterans was finalized, with more than 90,000 veterans eligible for disability benefits under this law. However, in June of this year, Veterans Affairs officials announced a six-month-long delay in processing “blue water” Vietnam benefits cases. According to an article published by Military Times, “VA Secretary Robert Wilkie…

Further delays for new Agent Orange connected illnesses


Earlier this year, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they may have reached a decision regarding the addition of four new illnesses to the Agent Orange presumptive benefits eligibility list. Now, almost five months later, they still have not been able to move forward on this. According to an article published by MilitaryTimes.com, “Last November, researchers…

New OATH Act could help vets get treatment for toxic exposure


In an effort to increase access to disability benefits and treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a new bill (now connected to the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020) requires that servicemembers include whether they were exposed to toxic materials in their medical records. Later this year, lawmakers will rectify the…