Everyone knows Agent Orange is bad, and exposed veterans know that it causes certain cancers and other diseases after exposure. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes this, and for all of these cancers and diseases, disability compensation is practically automatic. These are called “presumptive” conditions that are presumed to be caused by the military purely because of time and date in service.
Veterans’ children have long been recognized to have birth defects
and diseases resulting from their parents’ exposure to Agent Orange.
Currently, the VA recognizes many such conditions in the children of
women veterans, but the list for male veterans’ children is
significantly shorter. It includes only spina bifida (with the exception
of spina bifida occulta).