Currently, Only Veterans Who Served in the Korean DMZ During Specific Dates Are Granted a Presumption of Exposure to Agent Orange, Which Allows Easier Access to Health Care and Benefits For Conditions Caused By the Toxins. In a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing, Blumenthal Stood With Veterans of Foreign Wars in Calling on VA to Extend the Timeframe of the Presumption to Include Veterans Affected During the Initial Herbicide Spraying.
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to extend the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to provide more veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) access to critical health care benefits. Currently, only veterans who served in the Korean DMZ during specific dates are granted a presumption of exposure to Agent Orange, which allows easier access to health care and benefits for conditions caused by the toxins. In a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, Blumenthal stood with the Veterans of Foreign Wars in calling on VA to extend the timeframe of the presumption to include veterans affected during the initial herbicide spraying.