Disabilities Due to Agent Orange Exposure

If you are a Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during your service, you may be eligible for a variety of VA disability benefits. Your dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

There are many presumptive conditions due to Agent Orange exposure. If you were discharged under honorable conditions, and denied benefits for these medical issues, chances are that the requisite service in Vietnam, Korea (DMZ), Thailand, and some other areas, is in dispute. In many cases, we have been able to provide research and statements to make the link.

Here are the presumptive disabilities and diseases Associated with Agent Orange:

  • 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, Early-Onset
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

Remember presumptive means that no matter your health history, if you were exposed to Agent Orange, or other herbicides, you are entitled to these conditions without any question to other risk factors or your health history. For example, even if you smoke three packs of cigarettes a day, you are entitled to benefits for a developed lung cancer. If you eat five twinkies a day and end up with type II Diabetes, you are still entitled to benefits. The above list is a presumptive link to Agent Orange.

Other Non-presumptive diseases

Agent orange has been classified as a known human carcinogen. It has also been listed as the most toxic substance to ever be exposed to humans on a large-scale. It is nasty stuff that the VA doesn't want to admit causes many other types of cancers. That said, if you have a cancer that is not listed above, you may still quality for a service-connected disability. We partner with experienced medical doctors and related health professionals who will review your claim and, if appropriate, write on opinion to help you secure the benefits you deserve. Every case is different, but special attention should be provided in any cases of cancer with heavy agent orange exposure.


Far too often, I represent veterans who need a medical opinion or supporting statements that are not in the file. Other times, a failure on behalf of the VA needs to be pointed out and addressed. Do not risk losing your case due to substandard representation.

Call me today at 800-861-7262 for a free consultation or fill out the contact box.

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