Tuesday, November 1, 2016


A case has been won in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in which a veteran was denied service-connection for Parkinson’s disease due to herbicide exposure at Fort McClellan, Alabama. The VA acknowledged that  “facility-wide” use of herbicides at Fort McClellan.
Parkinson's disease is associated with herbicide exposure, but the VA denied service connection stating the Veteran's exposure was "routine."  The Court found the Board had no basis in law to deny benefits to a Veteran simply because the application of herbicides was "routine."  The Court reversed the Board’s decision, meaning VA must award the Veteran service connection for Parkinson’s disease.
This is the first Court reversal of a Board decision for a Fort McClellan herbicide exposure case.  This ruling has the potential to impact the outcomes of other Fort McClellan-Veteran herbicide exposure cases.


  1. This is a positive action on part of the VA. Hopefully it makes it easier for others of us exposed at Ft. McClellan to get our claims recognized. I am sorry that in the document it makes no mention of dates when veteran was at Ft McClellan. That would also be helpful for many of us.

    1. The positive action came from the court, not the VA.

  2. This case, citation # 15-1525 was appealed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Judge overturned themselves!

  3. This case, US Court of Veterans Appeals citation #15-1525, was appealed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and was overturned by the judge who originally granted the veteran's appeal!