VA Disability Benefits for Agent Orange Exposure

Many veterans who served in Vietnam and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the 1960s and 1970s suffer from cancer and other health problems. Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presumes that those diseases arose from their exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides. The VA makes the same presumption for veterans who came into contact with the herbicide outside of Vietnam during that era.

Unfortunately, the VA fails to pay the proper amount of benefits to many of these veterans. The VA makes mistakes such as:

  • Giving veterans a low disability rating which fails to reflect the severity of the veteran’s current illness. Many Agent Orange-related diseases are degenerative. If the VA has not updated a Vietnam veteran’s disability rating, it may be too low.
  • Determining an incorrect effective date for disability benefits, which decreases the amount of back pay that a veteran receives. It took many years for the VA to recognize the need to award disability benefits due to Agent Orange exposure. As a result, many Vietnam veterans have incorrect effective dates.

Berry Law Firm works with veterans nationwide who do not receive proper Agent Orange-related disability benefits. We help them to appeal and reopen claims in order to raise their VA disability ratings and increase their monthly benefit.