Receiving Benefits for Agent Orange Exposure
Individuals who served on active duty in the military can sustain many different types of injuries and illnesses. In recent times, the conditions most closely and often associated with military service are amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, veterans can and do apply for and receive veteran’s disability benefits for many other conditions, even if a significant amount of time has passed since their service.
One condition that has recently been in the news in regard to veteran’s benefits is exposure to Agent Orange or similar toxins during service in the Vietnam and Korea Wars. Agent Orange refers to a type of herbicide that United States military members used to kill foliage and trees in the jungles to limit cover for enemy forces. Agent Orange exposure can result in serious medical conditions,1 including the following:
- Types of leukemia
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Respiratory cancers
- Prostate cancer
- Early onset peripheral neuropathy
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Ischemic heart disease
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Birth defects in children of veterans
Many of these conditions can be life-threatening or life-changing, and can require extensive, costly, and painful medical treatments.
Qualifying for veteran’s benefits for Agent Orange
Both veterans who were on the ground and flying planes2 in these wars may qualify for veteran’s benefits due to Agent Orange exposure if they meet certain qualifications, including:
- A diagnosis from a medical professional for a condition associated with Agent Orange
- Evidence of service in an area and time that would have exposed them to Agent Orange
- Evidence that the medical condition started within a certain period of time
The benefits a veteran can receive will be based on their service rating and the severity of their disability.
A qualified Tacoma veteran’s benefits attorney can help you
If you believe that you sustained a medical condition during service due to Agent Orange or any other factor, you should not delay in calling an experienced Tacoma veteran’s benefits attorney at the Dickson Frohlich today. We offer free consultations, so please call us at 253-572-1000.