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Complete Listing of Navy Ships Exposed to Agent Orange (Updated List)
October 24, 2016

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Top 10 Secondary Service-Connected Disabilities

1.  Sciatic nerve damage

2.  Erectile dysfunction

3.  Median nerve damage (paralysis)

4.  External popliteal nerve damage

5.  Arteriosclerotic heart disease

6.  Arteriosclerosis obliterans

7.  Hypertensive vascular disease

8.  Renal involvement in systemic diseases

9.  Sciatic nerve (neuritis)

10.  Degenerative arthritis of the spine



Is There Compensation for Rare Conditions Related to Liver Flukes?

Each case reviewed by VA is examined individually and of its own merits, and it’s up to each veteran to prove to VA that their cancer is “as likely as not” related to their service time. The VA says fewer than 700 cholangiocarcinoma patients have passed through its medical system in the past 15 years. In part because they are unaware of the potential link to their war days in Vietnam, only 307 of the veterans submitted claims for benefits over that period. Even though the VA sometimes approves the link between wartime service and cholangiocarcinoma, the vast majority of claims, 3 out of 4, are rejected.

For your case for a claim, make sure and see a good and experienced VSO who knows how to navigate the VA system.


More Disability Links to Agent Orange Discovered
November 18, 2016

A new study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine last week details how higher rates of hypertension among Vietnam era veterans who handled Agent Orange directly and indirectly were otherwise exposed to the deadly dioxin.
Agent Orange contains the chemical dioxin, which Vietnam era veterans have maintained harmed their health, including conditions which have been passed on to their children, and in some cases, grandchildren. The new study found that the Army Chemical Corps of Engineers who directly handled Agent Orange had a higher rate of hypertension than those who did not. But Corps members who served in Vietnam, even if they did not handle Agent Orange directly, were also affected by the chemical.
A working group has been studying whether other illnesses should be added to the VA presumptive Agent Orange list for Vietnam veterans, Korean war veterans, and veterans who saw action in Southeast Asia. The VA was expected to announce their judgment about expanding eligibility this year, but that decision will now be left for the administration of President Elect Donald Trump.


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