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VA Disability Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

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 benefits, 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, the 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 for Veterans exposed to Agent Orange to prove a service connection 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 service connection.

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.

The Veterans Affairs makes mistakes such as:

  • Denying a claim for disability compensation because the Veteran’s disability is not recognized as a presumptive illness resulting from Agent Orange, even though medical evidence shows a connection.
  • Giving Veterans a low disability rating that 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 disability rating for a Vietnam War Veteran, 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-era Veterans have incorrect effective dates.

Berry Law works with Veterans nationwide who do not receive proper Agent Orange 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.

 

Who Is Eligible for Presumptive Agent Orange-Related Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits?

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.

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Which Disabilities are Eligible for Presumptive VA Disability Compensation?

The VA presumes that certain cancers and other health problems are connected to a Veteran’s Agent Orange exposure or exposure to other herbicide agents during military service.

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How Much Compensation Can I Get for a Disability Related to Agent Orange Exposure?

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 their earning capacity.

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Is Your Disability Effective Date Correct for an Agent Orange Claim?

The “effective date” for VA disability compensation benefits for Agent Orange claims 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.

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A Vietnam Veteran Founded Our Law Firm

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 , 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.

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We have helped thousands of Veterans obtain the disability benefits they earned through their service and sacrifice. We know what you deserve. We can guide your claim through the VA appeals process efficiently and effectively and seek the full VA health care benefits you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your case.

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Our Lawyers Can Help with Your Agent Orange Disability Claim

VA disability benefits for Agent Orange exposure claims can be highly complex. Veterans often find it difficult to wade through the process and overcome obstacles to get the benefits they need and deserve.

However, at Berry Law, 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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