Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More veterans eligible for benefits related to Agent Orange exposure

Muskogee Phoenix (OK); January 24, 2010
Liz McMahan

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.

--Parkinson's disease.


--Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

--Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2).

--Hodgkin's disease.

--Multiple Myeloma.

--Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

--Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.

--Prostate cancer.

--Respiratory cancers.

--Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy

--AL Amyloidosis

--Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma).


  1. in the year january 1969 till december 1969 i servied aboard the uss white riverlsnr536 as a gunners mate. in about 2006 i developed parkinson and are looking for former ship mates who also have it,if any one who is reading this has the disease please text me at i am in the process of filing a claim with the va for medical and compensation.the more informatio from former ship mates the better my case. i hope to hear from someone soon and hope most of you are well. also has anyone remember or heard from john bowden he and i were in bootcamp as well as servied together that year.

  2. Why don't they include the more than 300 thousand
    service people who served in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. These brave service men and women were exposed to "Agent Orange" and other toxic sprays but our Air Force and the CIA aka "Air America". All of the proof is on the Internet. I think the Government is afraid to tell the American people what was really going on during the Vietnam War. If
    they knew then they would hold the politicians accountable for all of the graft and corruption that was going on behind the scenes. "The forgotten
    Vietnam War Veterans served in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma.

  3. Vietnam has been forgotten. We do not get half the benefits we should but, it was an unpopular war.

  4. Two years in RVN between 1966 and 1970. Now at 70 years old I have serious ostreoprosis.
    Is there link with agent orange?

  5. Okay : What if you where in Korat Thailand,and you did op's out, and into other places, but there's no paper trail ,but you were awarded the medals for being in those other places .How do you prove it ? When you go onto the offical web site and bring up Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base ,and you fine that your unit has been blacken out ,and there's no trace of the unit that you were assigned to. So much for proving exposure to agent orange, or for that fact any thing else.