Agent Orange has historically caused or aggravated numerous harmful medical conditions in Vietnam Veterans who served in Vietnam and related theaters. If you believe your illnesses or injuries were caused or aggravated by Agent Orange exposure, you could receive disability benefits from the VA if your injuries are on the presumptive conditions list.
Agent Orange was a U.S. militaryherbicide sprayed by the Air Force over forests in Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Laos, and Cambodia. Agent Orange contained a harmful chemical called dioxin, which was later discovered to have caused severe physical and mental injuries and illnesses in Veterans who had significant herbicide exposure.
A presumptive condition is a medical condition that is presumed to be connected to your military service if you developed that condition while you were serving as active-duty military personnel.
For instance, if you served in Vietnam as a Blue Water Navy member and developed bladder cancer, your bladder cancer will be a presumptive condition. When you file a VA claim, VA healthcare providers will assume you developed it because of Agent Orange exposure.
A presumptive condition can make acquiring disability benefits easier or faster. You need three things to prove a presumptive service connection:
At the time of this writing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a long list of presumptive conditions that apply if you served during the Vietnam War and are seeking disability benefits from the effects of Agent Orange.
Knowledgeable Veterans law attorneys can help you determine whether your illness or injuries are likely related to Agent Orange exposure or whether they are on the Agent Orange presumptive list. Contact Berry Law today for a free consultation and more information to help you file a disability claim and get the disability rating you deserve.
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