Muskogee Phoenix (OK); January 24, 2010
More former military personnel may be entitled to benefits after the list of medical conditions related to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam was expanded.
Used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and remove concealment for the enemy, Agent Orange left a legacy of suffering and disability that continues to the present, a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs states. Between January 1965 and April 1970, an estimated 2.6 million military personnel who served in Vietnam were potentially exposed to sprayed Agent Orange.
The government recently added three more conditions: B cell leukemia, ischemic heart disease and Parkinson's disease to its list of conditions recognized as being related to Agent Orange.
Diseases associated with Agent Orange
Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits for several conditions now associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides. The list of conditions recently has been expanded to include:
--B cell leukemia.
--Ischemic heart disease.
--Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
--Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2).
--Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.
--Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy
--Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma).