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Many veterans who served in the 1960s and 1970s in Vietnam the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on certain Royal Thai Air Bases, or in aircraft that carried herbicides suffer from cancer and other health problems. Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presumes that certain diseases arose from veterans’ exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicide agents. The VA makes the same presumption for veterans who came into contact with the herbicide outside of Vietnam, the DMZ, and certain Thai Air Bases during that era.
Normally, to obtain VA disability compensation, a veteran must show three things: (1) a current disability, (2) an in-service injury or illness, and (3) a link between the in-service injury or illness and the current disability.
Under the VA presumptive rules for herbicide agents like Agent Orange, under some circumstances, VA will presume an in-service injury (exposure to an herbicide agent) or a link between a disability and in-service exposure—or both—for certain veterans. This makes it much easier to prove a connection to service and gain VA disability compensation benefits.
Even if a veteran does not qualify for the presumptions of in-service exposure to herbicide agents or a link between a current disability and service, the veteran can still obtain VA disability benefits—but his or her claim must show more evidence of a connection to service.
Unfortunately, the VA frequently fails to acknowledge a link between some disabilities and Agent Orange exposure, or fails to pay the proper amount of benefits to many of these veterans.
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. Our office is located at 6940 O St, Suite 400 Lincoln NE 68510.
The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicide agents over the jungles of Vietnam and around the Korean DMZ and certain Royal Thai Air Bases. Soon, a pattern of illness and death emerged among the young men who returned from service in Southeast Asia or who served on aircraft that carried herbicide agents to the region.
The VA presumes that certain cancers and other health problems are connected to a veteran’s exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides agents during military service.
Once service connection is proven for a disability that was the result of exposure to herbicide agents, the amount of monthly, tax-free payments that a veteran receives will depend on their specific disability and how much that disability affects earning capacity.
The “effective date” for VA disability compensation is usually the date when the VA first receives a claim that the agency eventually approves. However, the VA sets special rules for Agent Orange effective dates.
Our law firm’s founder, John S. Berry Sr., is a Vietnam veteran. He got involved in veterans disability benefits law when he began working with fellow Vietnam veterans who suffered from PTSD. His son, John S. Berry Jr., is a former Army Ranger who deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge and served as a company commander in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our legal team features many other attorneys with military backgrounds including Navy, Air Force and Marines.
We have helped thousands of veterans to obtain the disability benefits they earned through their service and sacrifice. We know the way forward. We can guide your claim through the VA appeals process efficiently and effectively and seek the full benefit you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your case.
Agent Orange VA benefits claims can be highly complex. Veterans often find it difficult to wade through the process and overcome obstacles to get the benefits they deserve.
However, at Berry Law Firm, our attorneys deal with the complexity of VA claims every day. We know the way forward.
Let us review your Agent Orange claim for you today. We will seek any money you are due. We will not charge you a fee unless we obtain the benefits you earned.
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